The red turnip bulbs are as healthy and nourishing as their white fleshly peers. Red turnips can be easily grown in home gardens and little vegetable patches. Turnips are a root vegetable with edible leaves. The little roots are used for human consumption and the bigger bulbs are given to livestock as feed. Turnip, although, is a cool-climate vegetable but it is quite sturdy and hence can grow in tropical regions during cooler months. The earliest record of the turnips dates back to the Roman times. In Asia and Europe, the earlier varieties of turnips resembled radishes and mustards. The turnip belongs to the family of Brassica and hence is closely related to radish. One can grow the turnip for its edible taproot and the turnip greens which are the leaves. Full of phytonutrients and offering a strong flavor, turnips are quite popular as a vegetable staple in temperate lands. The turnips are extremely low in calories and hence consumed without worrying about adding calories to your diet. Turnips are extremely rich in Vitamin C and dietary fiber and hence perfect for adding roughage to your food and detoxifying your colons.
Turnips can be cooked as a delicious vegetable, added to salads, soups, or simply eaten raw! However, if you are eating them raw, you may find their flavor a bit stingy but worth the sting. So get the best red turnip seeds from us and sow them away.
Growing guide for Turnip Red Seeds
Soil should be well-draining and loosened to a depth of 12 to 15 inches.
Mix in a 2-4 inch layer of compost. Till soil well.
Scatter turnip seed. Do not hide the seeds with more than ½ an inch of dirt.
Once the seedlings are 4 inches high, thin the early types 2 to 4 inches apart and maincrop types to 6 inches apart.
Water at a rate of 1 litre per week to prevent the roots from becoming tough and bitter.
Turnips are prone to get damaged from root maggots causing leaves to wilt, thereby affecting growth. The plant can also have chewed in leaves or sticky honeydew substance on them which causes leaves to turn pale yellow etc. The following pests attack this crop -Root Maggots, Flea Beetles, Powdery Mildew, Downy Mildew, Aphids.
Turnips grow best in the loamy soil with an ideal pH between 6.0 and 6.6
Select a site that gets full sun.
Turnips grow best in temperatures from 4° to 24°C [40°F to 75°F].
how to harvest
Harvest some turnips very early as the turnip plant turns green.
Harvest early types after about 5 weeks; main crop types after 6 to 10 weeks.
Harvest turnips at any size you like. The modest, young turnips are nice and tender.
Pull mature turnips before they get woody and before the first frost.
Store for up to 3 or 4 months in a cool outdoor place.