Rutabagas take longer to mature than turnips, but otherwise grow the same way. They store well in the ground during cool weather without getting pithy.


  • Light: Full sun
  • Root size: 5 to 6 inches
  • Matures: 80 to 100 days
  • Plant spacing: 12 to 18 inches
  • Plant size: 1 foot tall and wide

Heirloom. Rutabaga is a cool-season vegetable grown for its large root, which is also called Swedish turnip. A natural cross between cabbage and turnip, its yellowish root and smooth leaves distinguish it from a true turnip. It also tastes sweeter. Try it steamed, baked, or eaten raw. High in vitamin A. Makes a great fall crop as frost will make the root even sweeter. Cold hardy and drought tolerant.

Some Bonnie PlantsĀ® varieties may not be available in your local area, due to different variables in certain regions. Also, if any variety is a limited, regional variety it will be noted on the pertinent variety page.

Only available in the following states, in limited quantities: AL, FL, GA

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Rutabaga is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bad info This root is high in vitamin C rather than A as stated in the description.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a lot sweeter than turnips and great taste, easy to grow.
Date published: 2016-01-15
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