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Below are general guidelines for growing turnips, including plant height to enable you to plan exactly where to place them when growing amongst other plants.


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Plant Height

Up to 25cm/10" 

Time between sowing and harvesting

6-12 weeks

Where to Sow

Outdoors in open ground or in containers

Sowing time

Late March  to early June  -  temperature   +12C/54F. 

How to Sow

12mm/-inch deep - very thinly -  in rows 30cm/12" apart or in groups/blocks

After Germination

When the seedlings are large enough to handle,  thin to 5-7.5cm/2-3" apart. Throw away the thinnings as these do not transplant well. 

Growing on -  in Pots

Continue thinning in stages until the plants are 15cm/6" apart. Keep watered and avoid dry spells which may  cause the roots to split or become woody. Keep weed free.

Growing on- in ground

As above


As above


Start pulling when the globes are the size of a golf ball up to the size of a tennis ball. Harvest alternate globes. Crops over 16-20 weeks.

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