Rutabaga, Burpee's Purple Top
Good served with roast pork or beef or mashed with potatoes!
Days To Maturity
Before First Frost
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How to Sow
- Rutabaga prefers cool weather and is best grown as a fall crop. Sow seeds average soil in full sun in late summer.
- Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones. Rutabagas develop large roots so make sure the soil is loose at least 6 inches deep.
- Sow seeds thinly and cover with ¼ inch of fine soil.
- Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days depending on weather conditions.
- This to stand about 6-8 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.
How to Grow
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
- Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
- Rutabaga may be harvested from autumn onwards, once the root is large enough, about 4-5 inches in diameter.
- The globes are often easy to pull from the soil.
- Roots may be kept all winter in a cold cellar, covered with slightly moist earth.
- Rutabaga may be cut into cubes and blanched and frozen. They may also be canned.
Days To Maturity90 daysFruit Size4-6 inchesSunFull SunSpread7 inchesHeight12-14 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeFall, SummerSow TimeBefore First FrostThin7 inchesLife CycleAnnual