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Turnip Seeds - Purple Top Milan

Botanical - Brassica napa (Rapifera group)

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1500 Seeds.

Other Names - Neeps, Neep, Red Top Turnip...

Purple Top Milan is an early variety that is very quick to mature and has a purple top at its name suggests and a flat root. This turnip has a deliciously mild classic flavoured root with white juicy flesh making it ideal for hearty winter meals or shredding raw in salads.

  • Quick maturing early variety.
  • Produces a beautiful turnip with a purple crown.
  • Delicious mild classic flavoured suitable for cooking or eating raw.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds, container garden, limited space

Sowing Months - March - May, August

Harvest - May - July. September - early December from an August sowing


Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • Nasturtiums - Cabbage white butterflies are drawn to this flower. Try growing these flowers close by as a sacrificial plant. They will help to draw the pest away from the brassica crop.
  • Calendula (Pot marigold) is a magnet for attracting beneficial predator insects into the garden, insects such as lacewings, ladybirds and hoverflies who feast on aphids.
  • Low growing Limnanthes helps to keep the surrounding soil moist, supresses weed growth, attracts bees and hoverflies who's larvae feed on aphids. The plant can be dug in as green manure at the end of the season.
  • If flea beetle is a problem try growing a crop of white mustard close by. It can help to draw the flea beetle away from the crop as the pest normally favours this leaf.
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Soil Preperation

Add a good amount of well rotted manure or compost a few months before sowing. Lime if necessary as brassicas prefer alkaline soils. Add some general purpose organic fertiliser 1 - 2 weeks before sowing and remove any weeds.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Biennial, grown as an annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type Heritage variety Distance between plants For best results direct sow
Position Cool location Distance between rows For best results direct sow
Average height 25 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 25 cm Sowing distance between plants 5/10 cm
Hardiness Hardy Distance between rows 30 cm
Overwintering No Sowing depth 1 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.5 (prefers alkaline soil) Germination temperature 8 to 20℃
    Days to germination 7 - 14 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Turnips grow fast. Because of their speed of growth it is best to sow direct.

Direct Sowing

For small baby roots sow 2 - 3 seeds per station 5 cm apart at the depth and row distance suggested above. For August sowings producing larger roots suitable for storing, sow 2 - 3 seeds per station 10 cm apart at the depth and row distance suggested above.
Cover the seeds with soil and water well. If brassica pests are a problem cover the crop at this stage with fine insect mesh. When the seedlings are large enough to handle thin to 1 strong seedling per station. Spring and summer sowings are best sown in succession to avoid gluts.


Growing On

Water very well every 7 - 10 days in dry weather (more frequent if growing in containers). Weed often to remove competing plants.


Harvesting

Spring and early summer sown turnips will be ready to harvest after 6 - 12 weeks from sowing. This early variety can be easily pulled out of the ground just like radish and there should be no need for a spade or trowel. For the best flavour and texture harvest baby roots when no bigger than golf ball size.
August sowings can start to be harvested from mid October up until the end of December. The larger roots can be stored in a frost free shed or garage in sacks or boxes of sand and should keep for 1 - 2 months.
Remove any turnip foliage before storing and do not store any small or damaged roots as they will not keep well. Turnips will also store in the fridge for 1 - 2 weeks in a polythene bag.

TIP

Mint can help to deter the flea beetle. It is advisable to grow this useful herb in containers as it can be very invasive. Move the containers to different locations in the garden as and when needed.

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