Turnip Purple Top Milan Seeds

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Packet of Turnip Purple Top Milan SeedsTurnip Purple Top Milan is as the name suggests a purple-topped variety with a white base below soil level. It is a very popular variety with amateur growers producing good quality flattish roots.

Average Packet Contents: 1.5g, approx count 750 seeds


Turnip Purple Top Milan Grow Notes
When to Sow Seeds: May - August
Germination Temperature: 15 ℃ Cover Seeds: Yes
Time to Germination: 5 Days Frost Hardy: Yes
Spacing Between Plants: 10cm Row Spacing: 30cm
Plant Height: 40cm Planting Position: Sun


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How to Successfully Grow Turnips

Turnips are quick and easy to grow and have become a common sight in many greengrocer shops and supermarkets. They can be grated and eaten raw with salads, added to soups and stews or boiled and used as a regular vegetable. The turnip tops or greens can also be eaten and are said to be more nutritious. The most commonly grown varieties are the purple top and the faster growing white. This popular root vegetable is related to the brassica family, which includes cabbages, sprouts and cauliflower.

Seed sowing

Seeds can be sown from as early as February outdoors under cloches and right up to August. Sow directly into shallow furrows in well prepared, free draining soil and cover with no more than 1cm of fine soil. Repeat sowings can be made every 2-3 weeks to ensure continuity over the whole growing season. Ensure the furrows are watered after sowing using a watering can with fine rose attachment. Germination usually takes around 4-5 days.

Growing in beds

The planting areas or seed beds should be well prepared the previous winter incorporating plenty of organic matter. Positions in both full sun and partial sun will suit the turnip equally well, as long as the plants are kept well watered. The seedlings grow extremely fast and should be thinned out to about 15cm apart and 30cm between the rows. If larger turnip roots are preferred then space at 25cm apart both ways. It’s important to ensure the seedlings are watered regularly to avoid the roots splitting or cracking during their hectic growing period. The plants are usually ready for harvesting after just 8 weeks.

General aftercare

A mulch spread thinly around the base of the bulbous roots will help conserve soil moisture and prevent troublesome weeds growing. Any weeding requirements are best carried out by hand as a hoe can easily damage the young roots. Regular watering is the main aftercare task. 

Pests and diseases

Turnips are generally trouble free but like all brassicas, turnips are prone to attack by cabbage root fly, especially the younger plants. The white larvae will feed on the roots just below the surface and can be prevented by covering the seedlings with insect proof mesh. Club root is a problem that also affect turnips so if you know that club root is, or has been a problem with other brassica crops then it is not advisable to grow on the affected plot. Occasionally flea beetle can cause damage, which is noticeable by small holes appearing on the leaves. Feeding the plants with liquid fertiliser can encourage the plants to outgrow the problem.

Harvesting and storage

Turnips can be harvested from March to December, although early turnips are said to be best for flavour. Pull up the whole plant and cut off the protruding roots. Cut the leaf stems about 3cm from the top of the globe. The turnip greens can be washed and frozen. The turnip roots can be stored in a cool, dry, frost free place for use later or kept in a fridge for several months.

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Customer Reviews
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2 Reviews:

Good germination
19 December 2014  |  David

Grew reasonably fast BUT then the slugs got them. Give them a try again.

purple top milan
12 January 2013  |  Brett

i grew purple top milan on my allotment last year i scattered the seed under a fleece unfortunately when the turnips came through it was hard to pick them out from the weeds which also came through (the amount of rain kept me away)

but they did not bolt i had some really big very tasty juicy turnips + they did not all come at once either they seemed to stagger them selves i was eatnig them for a few months
it was even possible to eat with out peeling just scrubbed which looked decorative on the plate

i completely recomend this variety