Approximately 535 seeds per gram. Brassica rapa Lot# TP36002 Gold Ball is fine grained and smooth and highly valued for its taste. This is one turnip you want in your garden for the perfectly shaped 7-10 cm (3-4") amber globes. The flavor is sweet, mellow and smooth. For an outstanding, lustrous dish, try them mashed with butter and shallots. The roots grow quickly and keep well. Turnips have mustard-like leaves and their bulbs are generally either white or yellow. Leaves are light green and slightly hairy. They grow into an elongated oval, with toothed or wavy edges.
Plant Gold Ball Turnip seeds in the early spring or midsummer. Soak seeds overnight in a damp towel before planting for excellent germination rates. Plant turnip seeds 6 mm-12 mm deep and 2.5 cm (1”) in rows spaced 45-60 cm (18-24") apart, and thin to 10-15 cm (4-6") apart in the row. Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8. Humus-rich, deeply cultivated soil is the key.
Height at Maturity:30–46 cm (12–18 in) tall. Spread: 15-20 cm (6-8”) across.
Days to Maturity: 60-75 days.
Watering: Give turnips regular, even water so that roots grow steadily. Do not let the soil dry out. Roots that grow too slowly will be tough. Sporadic watering can cause developing roots to crack. Most soils will require 3-4 cm (1 1/2") of water every seven to 10 days. Moisture is most important as the root nears maturity.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning: 25-40 cm (10-16”)
Open pollinated-untreated seeds. Harvest by October-November, Turnip and Rutabaga roots will be tender and tasty from a well-thinned sowing in July. The roots are sweetest when small, so pick early. Also, when larger, root maggots can become a problem. Organic turnips are often easier to grow for greens than for roots. Sometimes root maggots leave the gardener too few undamaged turnips. Turnip greens can be picked when young and tender. Both root crops are best stored at 1 C (33°F) and 90-95% relative humidity.