Approximately 535 seeds per gram. Brassica rapa Lot# TP36000 Purple Top White Globes have smooth, round roots, averaging around 8-10 cm (3-4") in diameter. Turnips are white below the soil line and bright purple above the ground. They are mild flavored and have sweet, fine-grained white flesh. Large tops make delicious greens. Excellent quality and stores very well. Turnips are biennials and are usually grown as annuals. Turnips grow best in a temperate climate but can endure light frost.
Planting Instructions: Plant Purple Top White Globe seeds in the early spring or midsummer. Soak seeds overnight in 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. Planting Depth: Sow Purple Top White Globe seeds 6 mm-12 mm (¼-½") deep. Germination: 7-15 days. Height at Maturity:15–30 cm (6–12 in) tall. Spread: 15-20 cm (6-8”) across. Days to Maturity: 55-65 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 2-3 cm (1 1/2 ") of water every 7 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.