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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 19, 2014

Q. Turnips in Containers

Can I grow turnips in self-watering containers, like an Earth Box? I like them for greens more than the root. Thanks.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 30, -0001
Certified Expert
A.

As long as you choose a large enough container to accommodate the root growth of the plants, then it shouldn't be a problem growing them. This article will help with growing the greens: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/turnip/growing-turnip-greens.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
November 24, 2014

Q. turnips, radishes, and carrots

I have limited garden space and decided to plant turnips, radishes and carrots in above ground planter boxes. I used a mixture of bagged garden soil, compost, and bagged cow manure. Texas has a clay type soil and when I planted these vegetables before in the ground, I had no problems. This year I had plenty of green leaf growth but the roots did not develop. They stayed thin and did not expand. I applied a 10-10-10 fertilizer during the pre-summer growth season. The same thing happened to the fall plants. Any idea of what could be causing the problem? Insect damage was very light this year due to the past drought and no evidence of disease was present.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 24, 2014
Certified Expert
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If you are noticing more top growth and little to no bulb formation, it is likely due to a fertilizing/nutrient issue. While a soil test would allow you to know for certain, it may be that you have too much nitrogen and too little phosphorus. Lots of nitrogen will result in plenty of leafy growth but if your soil is lacking phosphorus, there will be poor root growth. I would add some more phosphorus, like bone meal, to the soil.

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Anonymous on
December 2, 2014

Q. problem in growing turnip

I have planted turnips in my kitchen garden but few of the plants wither in a corner. And one of the leaves has holes in it. What should I do, as I am anxiously waiting for the crop and worried? Please, mention the reason and remedy.

Answered by
Nikki on
December 2, 2014
Certified Expert
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There are several reasons this could be happening. It could be anything from a problem in that corner with the soil to water not getting into that corner for some reason. I would check the soil to make sure water it is getting into the soil there. Also, add some fertilizer to the soil in that spot.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
June 5, 2015

Q. turnips, root vegetables

My turnips, beets and rutabagas are growing leaves but it seems like the vegetable will grow above ground, except there is no vegetable there. Just a sliver of something that started to grow. Should I wait a while? I’ve never planted these three together before. They are in the same raised bed with completely new soil. I’ve watered regularly. So it seems like there is no root vegetable growing but in the place where it should be growing, is sticking up out of the ground and the leaves are falling over. Help!

Answered by
Heather on
June 7, 2015
Certified Expert
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All of these root crops need somewhat cooler temps and loose soil to properly form a bulb. If you are noticing more top growth and little to no bulb formation, it is likely due to a fertilizing/nutrient issue. While a soil test would allow you to know for certain, it may be that you have too much nitrogen and too little phosphorus. Lots of nitrogen will result in plenty of leafy growth but if your soil is lacking phosphorus, there will be poor root growth. I would add some more phosphorus, like bone meal, to the soil and give it some more time. Also, make sure the plants are adequately mulched to keep the soil cooler.

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Asked by
jljohnson403 on
July 30, 2015
unknown ohio

Q. turnips in ohio for fall harvest

We live in Zanesville, Ohio. When do we need to plant turnips for fall harvest?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 1, 2015
Asked by
Anonymous on
August 3, 2015

Q. why are turnips cracking

Why are my turnips in the garden cracking and going to rot?

Answered by
Nikki on
August 3, 2015
Certified Expert
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Cracking like this is typically caused by inconsistent watering. If the turnip gets too dry and then is flooded with water, it takes up the water too fast and this causes the root to crack. Once it cracks, it is exposed to fungus in the ground, which is what causes the rotting.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 29, 2017

Q. Turnip greens that have gone to seed

After the yellow blooms with seed, when do you gather the seeds to replant later?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 29, 2017
A.

The seeds are mature and ready to harvest when the pods are dry. Harvest the individual pods or the entire stalks.
Place the seed pods in paper bags to help from loosing the seeds.
If your growing more then 1 variety, the plants can cross pollinate and not be true to seed. 1/4 mile distance between varieties is recommended.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/turnip/bolting-of-turnips-plants.htm

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/turnip/turnips-growing.htm

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