American Purple Top Rutabaga Seeds

$2.29

The American Purple Top rutabaga produces high yields of large yellow-coloured roots with a deep-purple crown. The flesh is mild, tender and turns orange when cooked. American Purple Top is an excellent variety for winter storage.

 

- Life Cycle: Biennial, usually grown as an annual
- Days to Maturity: 90
- Canada Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Planting Depth: 5 mm - 1 cm
- Plant Spacing: 15-20 cm
- Row Spacing: 60-75 cm

GROWING INSTRUCTIONS

Rutabaga is a sweet root crop that thrives in cool seasons and seems to be an unfortunately overlooked Thanksgiving side dish. The golden root, with its smooth green foliage, is often confused with the white fleshed turnip. The two vegetables are cultivated similarly, rutabaga taking slightly longer to mature.

Ahead of planting, prepare a bed mixed with compost. The soil should be light and well-drained. Choose a site that gets full sun. Direct sow in late-spring/early summer. The warm soil will speed up germination and the rutabaga will be ready for harvest before heavy frosts set in.

Plant seeds 5 cm apart, about 1 cm deep. Keep rows spaced 35-45 cm.Thin sprouts to 20 cm apart as soon as possible. Don’t let the roots get overcrowded. Mulch and apply fertilizer after the plants have been thinned and weeded. Rutabagas should get 2-4 cm of water/week. Receiving enough water will be crucial when the roots start to size up.

The roots will be most tender at 5-8 cm in diameter. They will taste the best at 10-12 cm wide. The greens can be eaten, preferably when young, tender and full of nutrition.

To store the roots, cut foliage down to nubs. Lightly wash, let dry and refrigerate for up to 4 months. Wash well and peel before cooking or consuming raw. Enjoy rutabagas in soups or salads, diced and steamed, mashed or baked - all good options to get the best taste and texture.

Believe it or not, in the past, rutabagas have been used as a medium for carving jack-o-lanterns. Tap into the flavour, nutrition and versatility of this root and grow your own this year!

QUICK FACTS

 - Rutabaga grows wild in Northern Europe and was first bred for cultivation in the 1500s.

- Rutabagas are considered winter vegetables, as they can be kept in a cold area or cellar for several months.

- These rutabaga seeds will remain viable for 4 years if stored in a cool, dark place, ideally between 4 and 10⁰C. After that, the germination rate may start to go down.

OUR SEED GUARANTEE

You know that a lush, fruitful garden needs good soil, frequent watering, and sunlight to grow, but it’s the seeds that really make the harvest.

Picked and bagged for 2022, the vast majority of our seeds have germination rates of over 85%. The seeds are all-natural, non-GMO, non-hybrid, untreated, and open-pollinated for seed saving.

We have put a lot of thoughts into the design and packaging of our seed packets. Our seeds are all carefully packed in food grade kraft paper/aluminium zipper lock bags, and then are shipped in eco-friendly padded mailers.

We heat-seal each of our seed packet for even more protection from moisture, odour and light, allowing you to store your seeds for up to 3x longer than paper or plastic. Plant them all, germinate some indoors, save some for next season - it’s up to you!

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15/12/2021
Bruce

they arrived will know in the spring if go...

they arrived will know in the spring if good.

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15/12/2021
Bruce

they arrived will know in the spring if go...

they arrived will know in the spring if good.

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04/11/2021
Grace

Nicely packed seeds! I won't be planting t...

Nicely packed seeds! I won't be planting these seeds until spring, but have a good faith in this seller's seeds based on the good quality of the other one I have already planted.

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02/11/2021
Rachel-Yves P.

Livraison rapide. Achats fait pour jardin...

Livraison rapide. Achats fait pour jardin 2022. J'ai reçu un cadeau en prime

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02/11/2021
Rachel-Yves P.

Livraison rapide. Achats fait pour jardin...

Livraison rapide. Achats fait pour jardin 2022. J'ai reçu un cadeau en prime