Growing Rutabagas - Benefits and Instructions


Benefits of Growing Rutabagas

  • Medicinal- Rutabagas can effectively prevent premature aging, improve eyesight, and stimulate the healthy regeneration of cells. Rutabagas also have the ability to improve digestive health, boost the immune system and improve metabolic function. 
  • Nutritional Profile - Very high in fiber, Vitamin C, zinc, protein and potassium.
  • Use in:  Soups, stews, roasted, mashed, pickled.

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Growing Instructions


Sun Exposure: Carrots are best grown in full sun but will tolerate light shading.
Soil: Soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5. Rutabagas grow best in well-worked, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Add aged compost to planting beds in advance of sowing. Remove soil lumps and rocks which could cause roots to split or become malformed.
Moisture: Regular, even water so that roots grow steadily. Do not let the soil dry out. Roots that grow too slowly will be tough. Sporadic watering can cause developing roots to crack.
Planting: Sow seeds in the garden 4 to 6 weeks before the average date of the last frost in spring. Sow rutabaga also in late summer for autumn or winter harvest.
Spacing:   Plant 4 rutabagas per square foot of growing space using Square Foot Gardening Method.  If planting in rows, 18-24 inches apart.
Sow seeds: Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep



Harvesting rutabagas when they are about 3 to 5 inches in diameter will yield the best quality rutabagas. Rutabagas can remain in the ground as long as the soil temperature does not dip below -4.4°C. Mulch roots remaining in the ground.


Rutabagas will last for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator if wrapped in moist cloth or paper towel. For winter storage pull the plants, trim off long roots and tops, and wash the roots lightly before letting them dry for a day in a cool place. The rutabagas can then be packed in damp sand or sawdust in a root cellar.


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