How Long Do Turnips Take To Grow?
Turnips are perennials which means they will stay alive year after year. They don’t need any special care or attention other than regular watering. However, some varieties may not survive winter well if left out too much during the cold season. If you have turned your first crop of turnips before spring comes then it is best to wait until summer to harvest them so that the soil doesn’t dry up completely.
If you want to make sure that your turnips don’t get damaged in winter, then you could plant them into the ground where there is plenty of warmth. You can also place them under a tarpaulin or something similar. If you have time, try to keep the soil moist at all times during the day. When night falls, water your plants thoroughly with cool water and leave them overnight to drain off excess moisture. Then move them into their beds early morning.
It takes about two years for turnips to reach maturity. The earliest you can expect to see a crop of turnips is in the second year. It depends on what variety you choose and how fast they grow. Some varieties like the common red turnip can even produce fruits earlier than one year old!
The most important thing is that you always water your turnips regularly throughout the growing season. During summer months, water your plant every other day and keep the soil slightly moist at all times. Water your plants with a fine mist hosepipe or something similar rather than drenching.
You should also spread mulching material in between the rows where your plants are growing. This will help to maintain proper moisture content in the surrounding soil. You can also rake up any rotting leaves from nearby trees and spread this around your plants as a natural fertilizer.
When you’re growing your turnips in pots or containers, make sure that you water the soil with the same frequency as mentioned above. You can also use a diluted solution of seaweed extract to give your plants an extra boost of nutrition. Remember, do not over water your plants and always discard any excess liquid that remains after watering. You don’t want the roots to become soggy because this will only cause the turnips to rot before its time.
If you want to keep your plants free from any disease or pest, then you should try growing them in raised beds filled with organic compost. This will help to keep them clear of any harmful influences which might otherwise ruin your crop. You’ll also need to keep the area around the plants free from weeds too. Use a hoe to remove anything unwanted that may be growing close by. Remember, a clean environment is essential if you want to grow healthy turnips.
Now that you have all this information, you can begin planning what you want to do with your crop when it is ready to be harvested. Turnips are available all year round and they can either be eaten raw or cooked in a variety of different ways. They can also be stored away in the fridge for a few days. They taste delicious when cooked with bacon.
Common diseases that affect turnips:
Blights: Caused by fungi, usually lead to discoloration and softening of leaves. May cause small brown circular spots on the leaves. Affected plants will wilt and rot.
Canker: Usually occurs in the roots causing the outer part to become blackened or woody in texture.
Common pests that affect turnips:
Aphids: These small insects with a green body and long thin legs feed on the leaves and flowers of the plants. They also spread diseases, which can kill your plants.
Caterpillars: The larvae of butterflies and moths, these insects usually feed on the leaves of the plants. They are recognizable by their furry appearance and distinctive patterns on their bodies.
As you can see, growing turnips isn’t too complicated and with the right information, anyone can do it!
So what are you waiting for?
It’s time to get growing…