Turnips - Illinois Vegetable Garden Guide - University of Illinois Extension



Turnips are grown both for greens and for the fleshy roots. Because this vegetable is a cool-season crop it should be planted early in the spring or in August for fall harvest. Most of the insects and diseases affecting cabbage are also injurious to turnips.

Turnips are harvested the same way as beets. The greens may be pulled or cut at the soil surface.

Crop Amount for 100
ft of row
Variety recommended for use in Illinois Days to harvest Resistant to
Turnips ¼ ounce Just Right 60
Purple Top White Globe 55
Golden Ball 60
Royal Crown 52
Tokyo Cross 35
Vegetable Hardiness Recommended planting period for central Illinois (b) Time to grow from seed to field (c)
For  overall
Turnips Hardy Mar. 25-Apr. 15
Aug. 1-15
Aug. 1
Vegetable Spacing in row
Seed to sow per foot Distance between plants when thinned or transplanted Distance between rows Planting depth
inches inches inches
Turnips 6-8

15-20 (greens)
2-4 12-18 ½