How to plant rutabaga

Brassica napobrassica , or Brassica napus var. napobrassica , or Brassica napus subspecies rapifera

Rutabaga, also known as Swedish turnip, is a plant originated from the crossing of turnip with a plant of the species Brassica oleracea .


Swedish turnip or rutabaga generally does not grow well in very hot weather, being suitable for regions with a cold or mild climate, where it is usually planted in spring or early summer. The temperature range in which it can be cultivated is 5 ° C to 27 ° C, remembering that its harvest occurs only about six months after planting.


It should be grown in direct sunlight for at least a few hours a day.


Cultivate in well-drained, light soil, without stones and other debris, fertile and rich in organic matter. It is not necessary for the soil to be rich in nitrogen, and it is better that the soil pH is at least 6.8.


Irrigate to keep the soil moist, but not soaked.


The seeds are sown in the final location of the garden, about 2 cm deep.

The recommended spacing is 35 cm to 40 cm between the planting lines and 20 to 25 cm between the plants.


Remove invasive plants that are competing for resources and nutrients.


Swedish turnip or rutabaga is harvested 20 to 26 weeks after planting (therefore, in the fall or early winter). The leaves can be eaten cooked or sautéed.

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