Turnip - Seven Top, Organic
HEIRLOOM -Seven Top has been the standard by which turnip greens have been measured in the American South for almost 200 years, earning them a spot on the Slow Foods Ark of Taste. Pick them young for raw eating and the Southern classic ‘Wilted Turnip Salad’ or grow them to full size for traditionally cooked greens. Seven Top is unique in the turnip world because it does not produce an edible root, just loads of delicious greens.
Approx. seeds per packet = 900
|Average Seed / oz||Seed / 100' Row||Average Yield / 100' Row||Days to Harvest|
|8000||5 gr||40 lbs||57|
|Planting Season||Ideal Soil Temp||Sun||Frost Tolerance|
|All||50-75°F||Full Sun||Very Tolerant|
|Sowing Method||Seed Depth||Direct Seed Spacing||Seeds Per Packet|
|Mature Spacing||Days to Sprout||Production Cycle||Seed Viability|
Turnips are a moderately frost tolerant crop that prefers full sun, but tolerates partial shade. Plant in loose, well-drained soil that is high in organic matter. Provide consistent moisture for best yields.
Direct seed about 3-4 weeks before the last spring frost for early summer harvest, and in late summer for fall harvest. Sow seeds 1/2" deep with 1" between seeds and 12" between rows. Optimal soil temperature for germination is 50-75°F. Seeds will sprout in 5-17 days. Thin to 3-6" for mature plants.
Use row covers to prevent early pest damage.
Greens can be lightly harvested when large enough to eat. Roots are ready for harvest in 55-60 days. Flavor is improved by a few light frosts.
Turnips are an insect pollinated biennial that do not flower and set seed until the following season. Leave a ½ mile between what you are growing and any other Brassica rapa to prevent crossing. This includes members of the Broccoli Raab family. Plant at least 6 different to ensure reasonable genetic diversity. After flowers have turned to seed, leave the seed pods to mature and dry on the plant for as long as possible before gathering. Once the plant material is so dry it crumbles at your touch, you can separate the seeds from the pods and winnow away the chaff.