Improved Milan turnip, flat roots, sweet and mild flavor, great for markets
An improved Milan turnip; the roots are very flat, white with purple tops. The flavor is sweet and mild. A good variety for marketing. Popular in Italy, the Milan turnip is a 19th century Italian heirloom.Brassicaceae Brassica rapa
Ideal Purple Top Milan
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
- 50-60 (Spring/Summer), 50-60 (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?
- Purple and White
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Mild and sweet turnip. Classic turnip flavor.