Are you using turnip seeds to grow your own vegetables? If you are, then you may have a lovely head of lettuce, chives, or any number of other varieties. Many people who grow their own vegetables find they can use the same techniques for successful growing that they learned when they started out. Here's how:
First, choose carefully the variety of turnip seeds you want to use. They should be small, red seeds, with dark green leaves. (Vidalia and cormandula are two examples of smaller, red varieties that work well for growing in containers.)
Once you have chosen your turnip-seed variety, water them well. Watering them too much water will cause them to wilt, which is one reason many people choose to purchase them in containers. Do not, however, use excessive water--just moisten the soil around your seeds and gently soak the seeds for a few days. You will notice an improvement in the growth of your plants once they are established.
Place your turnip seeds in a warm place and cover them with water, but don't overwater them. Overwatering the seeds causes them to wilt and may kill your turnip plants. Keep turning your seeds every few days and water them only when the soil is damp. As your turnip plants begin to take root, you can move them to the container for transplanting.
One of the secrets to growing turnips is to wait for the soil to be almost completely dry before using a sharp knife to remove the heart shaped, star shaped or flat-leafed variety. This is especially true of Southern types of turnip. When you find the most favorable place for your turnip growing, the most crucial step is to wait until the soil is nearly dry. This is very important for Eastern types of turnip, which have fleshy leaves that must not dry out. The tender roots must remain within a few inches of the water and must not be exposed to high temperatures. If they become cold, the roots will begin to die.
If you are planning to use a commercial turnip powder, do not use anything that contains gluten. Gluten is a protein found in rye and barley. The grains are milled to make bread, and the starch is derived from those grains. In other words, anything with gluten will ruin your turnip seeds before they have a chance to germinate. However, some commercial powders do contain wheat, which isn't harmful; it is the protein that is problematic.
If your turnip planting is successful, the development of the root system will depend on the variety of turnip seeds that you have. If the seeds are from the same plant family, their root systems will often be similar. However, if the seeds come from completely different plants, the root systems can be very different. The deeper the seed's roots go, the more water and nourishment they will need.
When it comes to turning your turnip into a vegetable, the soil should be well-drained and rich in nutrients. This is especially important for a short-term crop such as turnips. Do not fertilize the soil until the turnips have bloomed fully and the soil is well-suited for turning. Short-term planting of turnips will give the root system time to become established, which increases the chances of a healthy yield.
When you are ready to plant your turnip seeds, there are several things that you need to consider. First, make sure that you have sufficient, dry weather. Turnips will only produce when the soil is moist, so the earlier the water starts to evaporate, the better. Also, be sure that your turnip planting site receives an adequate amount of sun, water, and fertilizer.
When the turnip seeds are ready to sprout, water the area lightly. Watering before planting helps the roots to develop properly. Also, be careful not to over-water the area, as the roots will eventually dry out. After the first set of leaves has appeared, you can begin to pull the turnip plants up with a leaf scraper. You may need a number of scrapers in order to harvest the full size of turnips, so consider this when selecting the scrapers.
When you are ready to harvest your turnip plants, keep an eye on the timing. Harvest them just after they begin to appear, as well as just before they begin to die back. If you are able to harvest your turnip seeds at the proper time, you will find that your turnip plants will grow quickly and strong. For additional information about growing turnip seeds, check out your local nursery or garden supply store.