Seven Top Turnip - Heirloom Vegetable Seeds
Seven Top Turnip (Brassica rapa “Seven Top”), have an incomparable sweet flavor when harvested when nighttime temperatures remain 40° F and below. The colder temperatures promote sweetness in the leaves. Although, some do prefer the slight bitterness that develops when the turnip greens mature a bit longer. You may be able to harvest the turnip root, but you must do so when it’s very young. Otherwise, they are considered inedible.
Seven Top Turnip is a cool-weather biennial but is grown as an annual in much colder regions, usually over the winter for a spring harvest. In zones 9-10, Seven Top can be grown and harvested throughout the winter. Allow the plants some partial shade to avoid bitterness in the leaves.
Growing indoors is possible. However, managing temperature may be difficult. Consider a porch garden where you can move the plants indoors or outdoors, depending on temperatures and weather conditions.
Variety: Seven Top
Other Names: Seventop
Seeds per Oz: Approx 10,000
Days to Maturity: Approx 45-65 days
Open Pollinated: Yes
Plant Type: Biennial
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Uses: Garnishes, Stir Fry, Salads
Temp Preference: Cooler
Light Preference: Full Sun
Comments: Susceptible to the Black Harlequin Bug and aphids.
|Seed Planting Depth||Seeds per Ounce||Germination Temperature||Days to Germination||Row Spacing||Plant Spacing||100' Row Yield||Sun|
|½”||Approx 10,000||40 to 75 F||5 to 12||4-6”||12-18”||N/A||Full Sun|
Sowing: Seven Top Turnip is usually sown outdoors in the early spring when the grown can be tilled before the last frost. Start outside usually 2-4 weeks before the last frost date. Start seeds ½” deep in the soil. Keep the soil moderately moist. Also, sow in late summer for a late fall harvest.
Seven Top prefers crumbly soil that is well-drained. It has a wide range of germination temperatures (40-75°F).
Other Tips: Remove other or withered leaves from each turnip plant to promote the healthy growth of all the other greens.