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Product Description:

100 days. A productive rutabaga that produces 4 inch, uniform roots with a classic shape and bicolor purple top with a pale base. Developing an attractive, light orange flush early, Helenor's high quality flesh has a refined texture and sweet flavor. Add its long shelf life, and you'll be enjoying this hearty winter staple all season long.
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Customer Reviews

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Vigorous grower

Grew large turnips with cabbage like foliage. did not get the slight orange flesh or flavor of a traditional rutabaga, as I had hoped for Thanksgiving dinner.. Large turnips., maybe more time in the garden and they will mature different, but now they are 4 inch plus diameter, white flesh and taste of turnip.

Soil Temp for Germ 55–75°F
Seed Depth ¼–½"
Seed Spacing 1–2"
Days to Emergence 5–17
Thin Plants to 6–8"
Row Spacing 12–16"
Fertilizer Needs Low
Minimum Germination 80%
Seeds per Gram ≈ 265–400
Seed Life 3 years

Brassica rapa (turnips) & Brassica napus (rutabagas) These classic root crops can store long-term in the root cellar, or right in the ground for milder regions, providing winter fare with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that boast a whole range of health benefits. The leafy tops are particularly loaded with carotenoids, B-complex vitamins, and vitamin K.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of direct seeding.

• Rutabagas and turnips can tolerate a range of soil types with a slightly acidic pH of 6.0-7.0
• Work in one cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer per 10 row feet

Direct Sowing
• Direct sow spring through summer
• Thin promptly when they form 2 true leaves
• Sow turnips July through early-September for a fall/winter crop
• Sow rutabagas in July for a fall/winter crop

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: See Brassica Insect Information below
• Disease prevention: 5-7 year crop rotation

Harvest & Storage
• Roots are sweetest when small, so pick early
• Turnip greens can be picked when young
• Both root crops are best stored at 36°F and 95% relative humidity

Brassica Insect Information
Aphids: Control aphids with ladybugs or a hard spray of water or Pyrethrin. Also, select varieties that mature later in the season when aphid populations decline.
Cabbage worms, loopers, and root maggots: The first sign of cabbage worms will be off-white butterflies fluttering near the plants. They lay their yellowish-colored eggs on the undersides of leaves, which hatch into caterpillars that can cause severe root and head damage. To control light infestations, spray plants with Bacillus thuringiensis (B.t.). For heavy infestations, bait cabbage worms by mixing wheat bran into a B.t. solution. Add 1 tablespoon of molasses. Broadcast the bran mixture around the base of plants. Reapply as necessary. Using Reemay or Summer Insect Barrier can also provide control.

Flea beetles: Flea beetles chew tiny pinholes in leaves. Early control is essential to minimize the damage. Spray infected plants with Pyrethrin. Using floating row covers such as Summer Insect Barrier can also provide control.
Symphylans: In some areas of the US, symphylans (also known as garden centipede) can severely impede the plant growth of many crops. Only 1/4 inch long, white, and very active, they eat the root hairs of developing plants. Using larger transplants helps reduce damage. Contact your local county extension agent if you suspect you have a problem.

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