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American Purple Top Rutabaga Seeds

Brassica napus

  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: A cool weather crop, rutabagas thrive when planted very early in the spring or for a fall crop after the hottest part of summer. Gardeners in warmer climates may be able to grow rutabagas throughout the winter. Direct sow the seeds in rich soil and full sun, 1/2" deep in rows 12-24" apart; as the seedlings grow, thin them to 4-6" apart.

Growing: Apply mulch to conserve moisture and control weeds. Watch out for pests such as the red and black harlequin bug, which must be removed to prevent damage.

Harvesting: After several hard frosts, pull or dig the rutabagas and cut the tops down to an inch. Store them in a cool place or in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Seed Saving: Rutabagas must overwinter before producing seed. In warmer climates, a layer of mulch will be sufficient for protection. In colder climates, dig up the rutabagas; cut the tops to 1" and store them in damp sand at 33-40 degrees F until replanting in spring. The roots will send up flowering stalks. When the seed pods begin to turn brown, remove them before they shatter or dig up the entire plant and hang it upside down in a protected location to dry. Thresh the seed from the dry pods by crushing them. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place for up to 4 years.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Brassica napus

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Seeds per Ounce: 9,000

Planting Method: Direct Sow

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Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~500 Seeds) $2.50 -+
1 Oz Mylar (28.4g) $4.00 -+
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $4.80 -+
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $8.10 -+
5 Lb Mylar (2.72kg) $36.45 -+
10 Lb Mylar (4.54kg) $64.80 Sold Out
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This vegetable is great for winter storage! American Purple Top rutabagas produce large, round, yellow roots with a purple crown. Fine flavored flesh is firm and sweet and turns orange when cooked. This easy to grow variety matures in approximately 90 days. Self sows freely and may be invasive, deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings. This plant requires consistently moist soil, and is attractive to bees, butterflies, and/or birds.
The rutabaga developed in 17th century Bohemia as a rare cross between a turnip and a cabbage. European farmers of this time began growing the turnip-like root for its value as cattle fodder, but soon its mild, sweet flavor was found agreeable for culinary use. In Sweden, rutabagas became so commonly cultivated that they acquired the name "Swedish turnip." American Purple Top comes from the heirloom Purple Top strain of rutabaga.

HOW TO GROW

Sowing: A cool weather crop, rutabagas thrive when planted very early in the spring or for a fall crop after the hottest part of summer. Gardeners in warmer climates may be able to grow rutabagas throughout the winter. Direct sow the seeds in rich soil and full sun, 1/2" deep in rows 12-24" apart; as the seedlings grow, thin them to 4-6" apart.

Growing: Apply mulch to conserve moisture and control weeds. Watch out for pests such as the red and black harlequin bug, which must be removed to prevent damage.

Harvesting: After several hard frosts, pull or dig the rutabagas and cut the tops down to an inch. Store them in a cool place or in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Seed Saving: Rutabagas must overwinter before producing seed. In warmer climates, a layer of mulch will be sufficient for protection. In colder climates, dig up the rutabagas; cut the tops to 1" and store them in damp sand at 33-40 degrees F until replanting in spring. The roots will send up flowering stalks. When the seed pods begin to turn brown, remove them before they shatter or dig up the entire plant and hang it upside down in a protected location to dry. Thresh the seed from the dry pods by crushing them. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place for up to 4 years.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Brassica napus

Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season

USDA Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Seeds per Ounce: 9,000

Planting Method: Direct Sow

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