Turnip Rapa di Milano Colletto Viola (Brassica rapa 'Rapa di Milano Colletto Viola') Organic Non GMO - Vegetable
The Turnip Rapa di Milano Colletto Viola, scientifically known as Brassica rapa 'Rapa di Milano Colletto Viola,' is a delightful heirloom turnip variety celebrated for its vibrant purple tops and mild, sweet flavor. Originating from the Milan region of Italy, this turnip adds a pop of color and taste to your garden and culinary creations.
- Full sun
- Climate: Turnip Rapa di Milano Colletto Viola thrives in cool weather. It is an excellent choice for spring and fall planting.
- Planting: Sow turnip seeds directly in the garden when the soil can be worked in early spring or late summer for a fall harvest. Plant seeds about 1/4 inch deep and 1 inch apart in rows spaced 12-18 inches apart.
- Soil: Ensure well-draining, fertile soil with good organic matter content. Turnips prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0.
- Sunlight: Provide your turnips with full sun to partial shade. They require at least 6 hours of sunlight per day for optimal growth.
- Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Regular, even watering helps prevent turnips from becoming tough or overly pungent.
- Thinning: Once the seedlings are a few inches tall, thin them to about 4-6 inches apart to give each turnip enough space to develop.
- Fertilization: Apply a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer when planting, following the package instructions.
- Pest and Disease Control: Keep an eye out for common pests like aphids and flea beetles. Employ organic pest control methods if necessary. Turnips are generally resistant to many diseases.
- Harvesting: You can start harvesting turnip greens when they are young and tender, typically in about 4-6 weeks. For the root bulbs, wait until they reach the desired size, usually around 2-3 inches in diameter.
- Storage: Store harvested turnip bulbs in a cool, humid place, such as a root cellar or the refrigerator. The greens should be used promptly or can be stored in the refrigerator for a short period.
- Turnip Rapa di Milano Colletto Viola not only adds a visual feast to your garden with its purple tops but also offers a culinary treat with its sweet, mild flavor. Enjoy them fresh in salads, soups, or as a delectable side dish when cooked!
- Seed count: 1 gram