Rutabaga Stat Summary
Plant Spacing: 6" (152 mm)
Row Spacing: 12-20" (304-508 mm)
Planting Depth: 1/4" (6 mm)
Plants Per Person: 3
Soil Temperature: 45-75°F (7-24°C)
Days to Emergence: 7-15
Recommended Soil PH: 6.0
Earliest Outdoor Planting: Before Last Frost
Can direct seed outdoors
Rutabagas are fast growing and require a fertile, well dug, well drained soil with a pH of 6. Plant in either early spring or fall; the fall crop is usually larger and of better quality. Sow seeds thinly into 1/4 inch furrows in rows 12 to 20 inches apart; keep seedbed moist. When seedlings are well established thin them to 6 inches apart in the row.
Mulch to keep the soil cool and moist. Pull weeds that appear in the row before they become too large.
Harvesting and Storing Rutabaga
Harvest in mid to late fall, after the soil has cooled and frosts have become frequent. Use a garden fork to dig up rutabaga roots once they reach 3 inches wide. Unwashed trimmed roots can be stored in a cool basement, root cellar, or refrigerator for up to four months;they can also be frozen.
Rutabaga Insect and Disease Information
Cover rows with an insect barrier to reduce root maggots. Row covers prevent flies from laying eggs at the base of developing plants.
Rutabaga Yield Information
No yield information for Rutabaga.
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