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Seed Planting Info

Rutabaga
Brassica napus

 
Seed DepthSoil Temp. for GerminationDays to GerminationSunlight RequirementsPlanting Time
1/4 - 1/2"N/A 5 to 10 daysPartial Shade/Full Sun Spring/Fall
USDA Hardiness ZoneSeed SpacingRow SpacingSpace After ThinningDays to Harvest
N/A 1 - 2"18 - 24" 8"90 days
Rutabaga Seed Planting Information:

Rutabaga do not do well in poor or clay soil so prepare the soil by adding compost and manure. Till the soil well before planting. They thrive in cooler regions and do not like hot weather. Plant your seeds outdoors. Planting should occur as soon as soil can be worked and 1 week after last frost. Plant in 2 to 3 weeks intervals for a steady harvest until about 2 months before first killing frost in the fall. Plants are 12" to 18" tall.

Soil Requirements:

Requires loose fertile soil in a well drained location in the garden. Apply much, compost, and grass clippings, or straw around base of plant.

Water Requirements:

Keep soil uniformly moist and from drying out. Keep watered during dry and hot spells.

Fertilizer Requirements:

Use RootBlast, Vegetable Alive, and Slow Release Fertilizer when transplanting outdoors. Periodically apply Miracle Gro.

Harvest Tips:

Dig or pull roots when they are 3 - 5" in diameter. You can leave the roots un ground over the winter, if you cover with heavy mulch.