Growing Rutabagas

Organic Vegetable Gardening
Fact Sheet

Botanical name: Brassica napobrassica



Rutabaga Plant

Planting time: SP,Fa
Seeds per ounce: 10000
Ounces per square foot: .09 per 100sqft
Minimum legal germination rate: 75%
Germination type:

Short Germinating seeds

The Rutabaga is thought to have originated in the Middle Ages. The Rutabaga prefers is a cool, long growing season. Besides harvesting the roots the foliage may be harvested for greens as well.

The Rutabaga is a cross between the Cabbage and the Turnip. Even though the Rutabaga is similar the Turnip, there are differences. Rutabagas leaves are smooth, waxy, bluish-green. The Rutabaga root of most varieties is yellow, where as most Turnips are white and have rough, hairy leaves.


In garden spacing (inches): 6
In flat spacing (inches): 1
Planting depth (inches): 1/4
Maximum number of plants per square foot: 6
Nutrient relationship:: Heavy Feeder


Days to maturity: 91
Harvesting period (days): 28
Minimum yields in pounds /square foot: 2


Diseases: Downy Mildew, White Rust, Sclerotinia Stalk Rot (White Mold), Leaf Spots, Virus Mosaic.
Insect pests:(Insect Pest Finder)

Cabbage Looper, Diamondback Moth, Flea Beetle, Green Peach Aphid, Pea Aphid, Slugs and Snails


American Purple Top, Doon Major, Gilfeather, Joan, Marian, Mary, Thomson Laurentian, York


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