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General information

  • Brassica rapa, Turnip
  • Brasssicaceae family (Mustards)
  • Sunlight: full sun. Can tolerate some shade.
  • Soil Conditions: loose, fertile soil with good drainage.
  • Roots and leaves can be eaten.
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Pests and diseases

  • Purple Top White Globe (50 days) Smooth round roots, white flesh below ground, purple above. (pictured here)
  • Hakurei (38 days) Smooth flat-round, white roots, matures early.
  • Scarlet Queen (43 days) Sweet, crisp, white flesh, red skin.


Successful cultivars and harvest

  • Powdery Mildew
  • Downy Mildew
  • Aphids
  • White Spot
  • Cabbage root maggots

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. This publication was created by Master Gardeners Rick Judd and Gail Hermenau. Photos courtesy of Gail Hermenau.

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