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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Category:

Vegetables

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

Excellent, sweet taste, no bitterness when young.

Positive

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

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.