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Turnip, Purple Top White Globe

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A timeless heirloom variety, ancient yet still tops with turnip lovers

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Turnip lovers prize its deliciously sweet and tender white roots. The turnips are often 4" and sometimes 6" across, handsomely blushed with pink to purple at the crown. Young leaves make the classic cooked 'southern 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.

55 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

1-3 inches

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.

12-15 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

12-15 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

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Apr-04 - Last Date: May-16
    First Date: Aug-06 - Last Date: Sep-17

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
55 days
Fruit Size
1-3 inches
Full Sun
12-15 inches
12-15 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
4 inches
Life Cycle
Turnip, Purple Top White Globe is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hotter than I expected I am new to gardening so it may just be me. I live in Hawaii and these grow very fast and very full but the roots are not at all sweet they are hot like radishes. I had heard that the leaves are very nutritious but the little spines in them are like fiberglass so I'm reluctant to put them in a salad. Maybe cooking them is the preferred way.
Date published: 2016-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best part is the leaves (greens) The leaves make some of the best turnip greens I have tasted. Better than collards and kale. The leaves cook up tender but not mushy and in less time. Grows very fast and easy even in Florida during the spring up until about April. Next time I will have to grow them sparingly and space out the planting. If not they all will mature at the same time. Some tend to develop the bottom turnip slower than others. These are best for cooking up the greens. You can harvest just the greens before the turnip developers. Growing them very close together will give more of the greens than the turnip. And yes of course with cornbread.
Date published: 2015-07-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bummer Last year was my first try at these Turnip plants as I figured I could kill two birds with one stone bieng the top vegetation would yield Turnip greens and the bottom fruit would yield the actual turnip. Well, neither top nor bottom yielded much of anything. They seemed to initially grow but then stopped and then wilted without a turnip being produced underneath. I am hesitant to try this again.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing turnips! i was six years old when i started gardening with burpee seeds and these turnips were my first crop. i planted the seeds in a flower pot of my mom's and they grew! i didnt even know they were growing there and on weeding day we uncovered at least ten average sized turnips and one massive one the size of a grapefruit. My dad sliced them and put them on the grill with great taste and texture. now every year its our tradition to grow these and every year ive grown them and now its going into the seventh year of growing. i highly recommend these turnips and i will keep growing these every year. Good luck:) youll be pleased!
Date published: 2012-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Southern Favorite: Never Fails 2 Please!! As you ride throughout the south (I live in Charlotte, NC) whether spring or fall, you'll see little patches of these greens (especially in the suburban & rural areas) either on the side of or in back of people's houses. When young, the older people used to call this "salad" as in "Go out there boy, and pick me some of that salad!" They are delicious and sweet at this stage in the spring or fall, but if you like to eat the turnip roots just as much as the greens, it's better to plant these as a fall into early winter crop, because when kissed by the first frost, the mature greens and fully developed roots are rendered sweet, tender, and very flavorful! These are a southern staple for a reason! Easy to grow in well drained & cultivated soil full of composted manure, some bone meal, some garden lime and a little play sand to keep the soil pliant. Grows pretty fast in most conditions. Spray with Sevin every two weeks to keep insects at bay, sprinkle over with a bit of Ortho Bug-Getta to keep slugs and snails in check. If rabbits are a problem, you can use synthetic fox or coyote urine, sprayed around perimeter of bed to keep them back. But if you have enough room in your yard, you can plant a decoy Kale bed about 10 to 12 feet away in the path where they enter your yard, to occupy them and plant the greens you really want to eat like collards, mustards and turnips in a 2 or 3 ft high raised bed. That seems to work for alot of people I've talked to with big farm gardens. ~~Good Luck & Enjoy!!~~
Date published: 2010-11-07
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