Popular in South, grown for green leaves up to 22" tall
Popular southern variety used as a winter annual. This variety is grown exclusively for greens, not the roots which are woody. Leaves grow 18 to 22" tall, but should be harvested when young and tender. Pre-1880.Brassicaceae Brassica rapa
Seven Top (Southern Prize)
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
- 45 (Spring/Summer), 45 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Turnips are a cool-weather crop and can survive temperatures as low as 25 degrees F.
- Spring, Fall
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool
Turnip Greens can be grown in the spring or the fall, since the root is not going to be used.
- 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
Hearty green taste, edible tops only.