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PlantFiles: Turnip
Brassica rapa 'Hakurei'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brassica (BRAS-ee-ka) (Info)
Species: rapa (RAP-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Hakurei

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
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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 outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive NicoleC On Dec 7, 2012, NicoleC from Madison, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

Sweet mild flavor and easy to grow; I eat them raw. Tolerates crowding and weather swings. Ready as early as 4 weeks but holds well in the ground just getting bigger and sweeter but without loss of quality. Does not store well once harvested.

Greens are hairless and not particularly large -- a good variety if you want some greens but are mostly interested in the roots.

Positive Calalily On Mar 20, 2011, Calalily from Deep South Coastal, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:

I love the sweet flavor of this turnip. The tops can be a bit weak.

Positive DianeinFL On Nov 29, 2005, DianeinFL from Wimauma, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a great, all purpose turnip. I have been using both the roots, which are very smooth and white, and the greens. I have used the entire turnip in salads and also cooked, and my family has enjoyed them both ways. They have a sweet flavor with just a bit of the "bite" of turnips. They were planted in the ground in October (in mid Florida) and we started eating them about 5 weeks later.


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

Madison, Alabama
Wimauma, Florida
Boise, Idaho
Fort Worth, Texas
South Padre Island, Texas

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