Must Know Plant Care Tips: If you’re impatient, rutabaga may not be for you as they take 3 to 4 months to be ready for harvest. The kale-like foliage is delicious in soups or salads. While the bulbs can grow to the size of a softball or even larger, you’ll get better flavor and texture if you harvest them when they’re just 3 to 5 inches in diameter. Harvest your greens anytime they reach 4 inches or larger; as long as you don’t damage the bulb when cutting them, they’ll grow back. For sweeter rutabaga, don’t harvest until after a little frost has shown itself in the fall.
Plant Problem Solver: These will grow better in slightly acidic soil, with a pH range 6 to 6.5. Fertile soil will prolong your harvest; just make sure it is well drained or you may get rot. When planting from seed, do so in late spring after danger of frost. In warm climates, you can seed in the fall and grow them over the winter. Don’t let your veggies mature over hot weather or you won’t get that sweet flavor. Seeds should planted about 1/2 inch deep. If grown in dry conditions, rutabaga tends to crack.
Pretty Pairings: Plants that do well with this root veggie include onions, chives, peas, and other root vegetables.