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American Purple Top Rutabaga Seed

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American Purple Top Rutabaga Seed (90 days)

2 grams per Packet / Approx. 250 to 300 seeds per gram

Rutabagas were the standard root crop in Europe before the potato arrived on the scene in the 16th century.  American Purple Top Rutabaga has been around since the 1920s.  It produces huge yellow roots 4-6" in diameter that are globe shaped with purple shoulders.  The flesh is yellow, sweet and finely grained.  It turns orange when cooked.

Rutabagas like cool weather and grow best in well-worked, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Add aged compost to planting beds in advance of sowing. Remove soil lumps and rocks which could cause roots to split or become malformed. Add aged compost to planting beds before planting and as a side dressing at midseason. Rutabagas prefer a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5.

An excellent storage variety.  If stored properly can last 4-6 months.  For more information on storing Rutabaga.

Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region .  OR, TX

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½" - 1" 150-180 65-70 3-14 18"-24" 4-6" 60 lb. Full

Planting Tips for Heirloom Rutabaga:

Rutabaga is a cool wather crop, so this vegetable seed can be planted in spring or fall.  Sow heirloom rutabaga in the ground 1 week or so before last frost date in spring, or in autumn for fall harvest.  Rutabaga will generally take 60-90 days to be harvest ready.

These heirloom seeds can be planted 1/2 inch to 1 inch apart in furrows and then thinned to final spacing.  Make sure to water rutabagas regularly so that water gets to the roots steadily.  Do not let soil dry out completely. 

Seed Care Tips for Heirloom Rutabaga:

Heirloom seeds are hardy, but always take care with your garden seeds to give them the appropriate amount of moisture - don't let the vegetable seeds dry out prematurely, and don't overwater and possibly have them rot.


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