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Rutabaga 'American Purple Top'

Brassica napus

Typically available from fall through winter. Check with your local store for current availability.

A root vegetable called Rutabaga or Swede produces 4"-6" edible roots with sweet, mellow flavor. Bake or roast in a root veggie medley, or mash just like a potato. Makes an excellent addition to hearty soups and stews.


  • Size: 2' tall, 6"-8" wide
  • Days to Maturity: 80-120 days
  • Productivity: 4"-6" Wide oval-shaped roots
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun
  • Water Needs: Moderate
  • Growth Habit: Upright, Arching

Green Thumb Guide

Plant in enriched garden soil with good drainage early spring or late summer after danger of 100° weather has passed. Sow seeds at a 1/4" depth 6" apart in rows spaced 18"-24" apart. Feed about once a month with a vegetable fertilizer. Harvest when ready by gasping stems and pulling straight up. 



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