Long, cylindrical roots from 5 to 6" long, mild and sweet flavor
The very tender, white roots are cylindrical, 5”-6” long and 2” wide with a mild and sweet flavor. This old French heirloom was one of the most popular varieties grown by French market growers in the late 1800s.
Imported European seed.Brassicaceae Brassica rapa
Navet Des Vertus Marteau
The commonly grown turnips have golden, white or purple skin and white flesh. Their flavor may be fairly sweet or pungent depending upon the variety and growing conditions. The leaves are also quite popular cooked, and some varieties of turnips are grown solely for the greens. If the growing conditions are good, turnips can be one of the fastest growing crops.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 50-70 (Spring/Summer), 50-70 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Turnips are a cool-weather crop and can survive temperatures as low as 25˚ F.
- Spring, Fall
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool
Turnip is a cool weather plant and needs cold to encourage it to store sugars in the root, rather than make foliage.
In warm weather the roots often become pungent, bitter and woody. This is why spring planted turnips are rarely as good as those planted as a fall crop.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 40°F - 85°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Turnip seed germinates quickly even at low temperatures
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool)
Turnips don't need a lot of water, but it should be available constantly and not fluctuate too much. If the soil gets too dry, they can get woody and may even bolt.
Low nitrogen. Low phosphorous. Low potassium.
Turnips don't require a lot of nitrogen, unless you are growing them for greens, as this encourages foliage growth rather than root growth.
- Tolerates light frost
- Small Gardens?
A container for growing turnips should be at least 12" deep to allow for their roots. The seed should be planted 1/4" deep (never transplanted). Use a fairly rich soil mix that drains freely.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Flesh is white, fine-grained, and mild flavored.