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Turnip, Tokyo Cross Hybrid

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Best variety for a spring crop. Harvest in only 35 days at just 2" across.

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All-America Selections winner. Best variety for a spring crop. Harvest in only 35 days at just 2" across. Grows to 6" across. Tasty raw or cooked. Excellent greens.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

35 days

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

2 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

10-12 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

Planting Time The recommended time of the year in which this product should be planted.

Fall, Spring

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How to Sow

  • Sow seeds in well-worked soil in full sun in early spring and again in late summer for a fall crop. In frost free areas, sow in fall. Do not plant cabbage family members in the same place 2 years in a row.
  • Roots benefit from soil that is light, loosened deeply, and free of stones. Consider using a soil amendment such as composted organic matter if the soil is heavy.
  • 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.
  • Sow thinly in rows 1½-2 feet apart and cover with ½ inch of fine soil.
  • Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days.
  • This to stand about 4 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

  • For turnip greens, pick 4 weeks after sowing or wait until the roots develop and harvest turnip roots when they reach 2-3 inches in diameter, no less than 30 days after sowing.
  • If grown in spring, be sure to harvest roots before hot weather arrives so they will not grow too large or woody and pithy. Harvest fall turnips after a frost for a sweeter flavor. To extend your harvest in fall, mulch heavily in the fall to keep the ground soft.
  • Eat turnips raw or cooked. The thinned turnip seedlings are also delicious on top of sandwiches or salads. Rinse thoroughly before use.
  • Turnips may be stored two weeks in the refrigerator or 8-10 months in the freezer after blanching. Keep away from raw meat and meat juices. Turnips may also be canned.
Days To Maturity
35 days
Full Sun
2 inches
10-12 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
Life Cycle
Turnip, Tokyo Cross Hybrid is rated 4.923076923076923 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great taste and performance in AZ I haven't grown these in a few years as I've been experimenting with heirloom varieties but as much as I like Purple Top White Globe, Shogoin and Boule d'Or turnips I'm going to start growing these again. Why? Because they mature very fast and taste very good. Yeah, I won't be able to save seed but I can get two crops of these for every single crop of the others--and I'll keep growing them as well. Tokyo Cross hybrid did well when I lived in Colorado too (I'm in NW AZ now). I've used them in pot roast recipes, boiled and served mashed with chicken, or simply sliced into salads. You can pick leaves for salads in as little as three weeks and harvest the turnips themselves in 30-40 days. They are best if picked small. They are so tender you don't need to peel them if you pick them small. I plant them in late September through early November for Fall crops and then again in late January through late February for Spring crops. If frost threatens I cover my raised beds with portable plastic hoop houses. Use a "seeder" or you'll end up thinning the heck out of them.
Date published: 2015-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great turnip I always thought turnip greens were bitter until now. Yummy! And when I tried the root it was like eating a spicy carrot. Awesome so this fall I will plant them further apart to get bigger roots. It's too warm here as of this week for them not to retain their sweet taste so I pulled them. 2 gallons of blanched greens and 1/2 gallon of roots in the freezer out of 15 square feet. I saved about 20$ from growing them myself. Buying more as we speak for fall.
Date published: 2013-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vigorous, easy to grow, great producer This turnip is now a permanent staple in my garden, growing nearly year round here in North Carolina. Excellent flavor to me as I prefer a mild and creamy taste in turnips.
Date published: 2013-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Turnip Tokyo Cross My first Time growing Turnips. They are still growing and getting bigger. No Problems with any "Garden Pests". I am using both Greens and Bulb, Taste delicious sauteed with some Olive Oil, Onions and Garlic. Will grow again for Fall Crop and more Plants next Year
Date published: 2012-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from terrific spring greens I grow this turnip strictly for its early tender spring greens. I plant seeds closely, start harvesting thinnings 2-3 weeks after sowing, then harvest continuously by continuing to thin the row until I end up with just a few turnip bulbs to eat a month after sowing. If you grow for greens, sow a row here and there consecutively rather than one big crop. Terrific for Greek style horta - cook washed leaves quickly in good olive oil. Wonderful veggie for anyone on the Mediterranean diet. Grows faster than the kale in early spring for me and does fine in the unimproved sandy new part of the garden. This year, the kale and chard have struggled and are just now producing, but we've had plenty of turnip greens.
Date published: 2012-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tasty tasty turnip! This was my first time growing this variety. Every single seed germinated in my square foot garden. I've always had problems with root maggots and figured I'll try yet another variety of turnip. PERFECT! Picked some early to make room for others to get bigger and steamed them...good gravy they were tasty. I'm definitely planting some late summer/early fall for a second crop (probably an entire 4x4 bed this time!)
Date published: 2012-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Depends on what you want? These didn't send me, flavor wise. They germinated well and were really productive. They were no where near as fast as what it says on the website, but the package and website description are different as far as time to pick. The flavor was just so-so. For me, I'd rather be patient and wait to get the best turnip (rutabagas). The flavor was okay, but it was very, very, productive and reliable, and remarkably quick for a turnip.
Date published: 2011-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Turnips Easier for me to grow than radishes. Great taste !! Grows nicely in a garden box.
Date published: 2009-05-03
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