The name says it all! All Top Turnip is “all top.” This variety produces high yields of large, delicious greens. Plants are densely packed with large, smooth, green leaves. This is a “cut and come again” type crop, meaning it can be harvested many times throughout the growing season. Although the roots are inedible, All Top Turnip has a strong root system that can withstand multiple harvests. It has a vigorous regrowth and will continue to produce large harvests of greens after multiple cuttings. This is a great turnip variety for raw preparations in salads, but also tastes great when prepared in a traditional turnip green dish. Leaves may be harvested as baby turnip leaves or allowed to reach full size. For baby leaf turnips, date to maturity is only 35 days. For larger leaves, date to maturity is around 50 days.
We recommend direct-seeding turnips for best results. They can be direct-seeded easily with a walk-behind planter like our Hoss Garden Seeder. We suggest using a #1 seed plate and modifying the hole size to fit the variety being planted. From one variety to the next, seed size will vary. Therefore it is always necessary to calibrate the seed plate properly for the variety being used. The density of planting will depend on the desired harvest. In some cases large bunches of leaves may be the goal, while other growers may target larger roots. If large bunches of leaves are desired, turnips may be planted densely where roots will remain small and leaves will grow large. If larger roots are desired, plant less dense or thin to one plant every 4″.
All Top Turnip Planting Information
Planting Method: transplant
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/2″
Seed Spacing: 2″
Row Spacing: 12-18″
Days to Maturity: 50
Disease Tolerance: Turnip Mosaic Virus