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PlantFiles: Turnip
Brassica rapa 'Purple Top'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: rapa (RAP-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple Top
Additional cultivar information: (aka White Globe)

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3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


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Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive UrbanFarm On Jul 25, 2011, UrbanFarm from Hollywood, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

These are growing WONDERFULLY here and can grow up to an inch a day!

Can you eat them fresh like lettuce? or do they have to be cooked?

Any suggestions would be helpful.

Thank you.

Positive Big_Red On Jun 15, 2004, Big_Red from Bethelridge, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Excellent, sweet taste, no bitterness when young.

Positive melody On Apr 16, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

The most common turnip and greens producer in our area. Tasty and hardy. Most folk can harvest the roots well into late winter.

An old Open Pollinated variety that has been in cultivation many years.

Positive Farmerdill On Nov 5, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This has been the standard for greens and turnips for most of the 20th century. As a general purpose plant it can't be beat.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hollywood, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Benton, Kentucky
Bethelridge, Kentucky
Cadiz, Kentucky
Lewisburg, Kentucky
Zachary, Louisiana
Cumberland, Maryland
Aurora, Missouri
Vinton, Ohio
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Marcos, Texas
Troy, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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