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Rutabagas

Use our zone-based planting guide to know when to plant rutabagas.

Plant name Zone Start seeds indoors Start seeds outdoors Plant seedlings/transplants outdoors Plant spacing # plants per person
Rutabagas 3a Not recommended June 15-July 1 June 15-July 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 3b Not recommended June 15-July 1 June 15-July 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 4a Not recommended June 15-July 1 June 15-July 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 4b Not recommended June 15-July 1 June 15-July 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 5a Not recommended July 15-Aug. 1 July 15-Aug. 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 5b Not recommended July 15-Aug. 1 July 15-Aug. 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 6a Not recommended July 15-Aug. 1 July 15-Aug. 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 6b Not recommended July 15-Aug. 1 July 15-Aug. 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 7a Not recommended July 15-Aug. 1 July 15-Aug. 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 7b Not recommended July 15-Aug. 1 July 15-Aug. 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 8a Not recommended Aug. 15-Sept. 1 Aug. 15-Sept. 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 8b Not recommended Aug. 15-Sept. 1 Aug. 15-Sept. 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 9a Not recommended Aug. 15-Sept. 1 Aug. 15-Sept. 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 9b Not recommended Aug. 15-Sept. 1 Aug. 15-Sept. 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 10a Not recommended Aug. 15-Sept. 1 Aug. 15-Sept. 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 10b Not recommended Aug. 15-Sept. 1 Aug. 15-Sept. 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 11a Not recommended 10-12 weeks before planting outside Feb. 15-April 1; Oct. 15-Dec. 1 12-18 inches 5-10
Rutabagas 11b Not recommended 10-12 weeks before planting outside Feb. 15-April 1; Oct. 15-Dec. 1 12-18 inches 5-10

* Starting own seeds not recommended because of the root system that makes them difficult to transplant. These are a fall veggie and should be started 10-12 weeks before the first frost date.