Laurentian Rutabaga (Heirloom, 90 Days)
Heirloom pre-1920. Laurentian Rutabaga is large, mildly flavored, and stores well. Tops are pale purple with a nice yellow flesh. Each root weighs in at over a pound and the texture is fine. What could be more perfect in a New England boiled dinner?
Germination: 5-7 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-75ºF.
Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2" deep
Sowing Outdoors: Mid-spring, around the last frost date or 90 days before you will want to harvest the roots. Sow a few seeds every 6", thin to the strongest seedling.
How much does a packet plant: 12-15 foot row
Harvest: After a few frosts, when they become their sweetest and before they get too big and woody. Cut tops off and store.
Tips: Plant Laurentian Rutabaga in loose, rich soil. Amend with compost at planting time if needed. Consistent moisture is required for optimum results. Great storage vegetable, up to 6 months.