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10 Autumn 'Sweetbell' Turnip

Crisp, delicious root veg

The Highlights

    • Purple-topped roots with succulent white flesh
    • Exquisite flavour with a sweet, firm and crisp texture
    • Versatile, fast-growing root vegetable
    • Roast or grate raw in salads
    • If possible, grow in a greenhouse or polytunnel, otherwise, cover with fleece to keep it a little warmer for faster growth.
    • Harvest throughout Winter and into Spring

10 Autumn 'Sweetbell' Turnip

Crisp, delicious root veg
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The Highlights

    • Purple-topped roots with succulent white flesh
    • Exquisite flavour with a sweet, firm and crisp texture
    • Versatile, fast-growing root vegetable
    • Roast or grate raw in salads
    • If possible, grow in a greenhouse or polytunnel, otherwise, cover with fleece to keep it a little warmer for faster growth.
    • Harvest throughout Winter and into Spring

Know Your Plant

Supplied as:

10 Plug Plants

Height on arrival:

5-10cm
Your plants will arrive at a height between 5-10cm

Eventual height:

25-30cm

Eventual spread:

20cm
Plants will reach a spread of approx 20cm

Tasting notes:

Sweet and crisp

Time to first crop:

6-8 weeks
A fast growing brassica, Sweetbell turnips are ready to harvest in 6-8 weeks.

Hardiness:

Hardy
Will withstand a light frost but cover with fleece if heavy frosts or snow are forecast

Uses:

Roast, add to casseroles or grate raw into salads

Rootstock:

Spacing:

20cm
Plant 20cm apart to allow for spreading

Care Guide

Good pest and disease resistance

The maggots of cabbage root fly can eat the roots of turnips. When plants are affected by cabbage root fly the plants grow slowly, wilt and die as their roots are eaten. Plants can be protected by growing them under the cover of an insect-proof mesh. Horticultural fleece may be preferred for seedbeds as it will also help warm the soil.

Water regularly

At least 2cm of water per week is vital for good root development. Turnips need to grow quickly, and regular water along with a rich soil, will help them do that. Dryer conditions make the roots more pungent, while uniform water makes for the best flavour.

Full Sun to Partial Shade

Turnips will do best in a position where the plants will receive around 6-8 hours of direct sunlight every day, but will also tolerate some shade.

Slightly acidic well-drained soil

Turnips prefer a slightly acidic soil pH in the range of 6.0 to 6.5. Good soil fertility will help them grow quickly. Make sure the soil is well-draining so the roots don't rot.

Feeding not required

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For more care tips and ideas visit our Knowledge page

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