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Questions About Rutabagas

Asked by
Anonymous on
December 8, 2010

Q. Planting Turnips and Rutabagas

I live in Hawaii and would like to grow turnips or rutabagas. I know I will have to grow them in a container but with the warm temperatures,   will I be able to grow them?

Answered by
Nikki on
December 9, 2010
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Your best bet to grow them will be to do so in the winter when the temps are slightly cooler. Also, keep them in a partly shady place and mulch around them well to keep the ground cooler.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
December 12, 2010

Q. Growing Rutabagas

My rutabagas have been growing since the first week in September. How long does it take to fully grow rutabagas?

Answered by
Heather on
December 12, 2010
Certified Expert
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As far as I know, it shouldn't really make a big difference either way. I think it's a matter of personal choice. To experiment, however, you might want to try cutting the flowers from one plant and leaving them on another to compare the results come harvest time. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/rutabaga/planting-rutabaga.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 13, 2011

Q. Rutabaga Seeds

I have been looking all over for rutabaga seeds and cannot find them anywhere. Why?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 14, 2011
Certified Expert
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It is mainly because they are not currently popular to grow in the veggie garden. This link will take you to a place that sells the seeds:
http://www.rareseeds.com/store/vegetables/rutabagas/

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 29, 2011

Q. Rutabagas

It’s my first time growing rutabagas. Should I cut off flowers to aid root development or let them come?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 30, 2011
Certified Expert
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As far as I know, it shouldn't really make a big difference either way. I think it's a matter of personal choice. To experiment, however, you might want to try cutting the flowers from one plant and leaving them on another to compare the results come harvest time. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/rutabaga/planting-rutabaga.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 28, 2011

Q. Rutabaga

How do you keep rutabaga? What and how does it have the waxy shell?

Answered by
Nikki on
June 29, 2011
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The waxy shell you are referring to is simply accomplished by giving the roots a wax bath prior to storing. These articles should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/rutabaga/harvesting-rutabaga.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/rutabaga/planting-rutabaga.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 5, 2011

Q. Growing Rutabagas

I am growing rutabagas for the first time. We live in western Washington (state). I planted my garden on May 15 and it’s doing very well; however, my rutabagas are starting to go to seed. Should I pinch off the tops or leave them alone?

Asked by
landers on
July 27, 2011

Q. Rutabagas

What happens when rutabagas turn to seeds?

Answered by
Cathy on
July 30, 2011
A.

You can harvest the seed and grow them next year. See this website for more detailed information.
http://countrylivinginacariboovalley.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-to-grow-and-save-rutabaga-seeds.html

Also you may find this article helpful:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/rutabaga/planting-rutabaga.htm

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