Laurentian

SKU: RU692
Sow Laurentian rutabaga seeds in your organic vegetable garden. Bright purple skins cover the top two thirds of this globe-shaped rutabaga. Read More

Exposure Full-sun

Matures in 100 days

Season Cool season

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More details about Laurentian

This rutabaga (AKA swede) has an attractive purple top, an ivory base and fine yellow flesh. Laurentian looks great on winter market tables. The 10-15cm (4-6") roots keep very well in winter storage, and add rich flavour to soups and stews. Laurentian rutabaga seeds have been grown in the Pacific Northwest for decades, and have proven themselves to be ideal for both farms and home gardeners. Rutabagas are a wonderful old-world winter standby.

Quick Facts:


    • Adds rich flavour to soups and stews
    • Bright purple skins and globe shaped
    • Full of vitamin C and carotenoids
    • Open-pollinated seeds
    • Matures in 100 days

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All About Laurentian

Latin

Latin
Brassica napobrassica

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

We Recommend:

We Recommend: Laurentian (RU692) has been a West Coast Seeds favourite for decades. It’s hard to imagine improving on this reliable workhorse.

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Season: Cool season
Exposure: Full sun

Timing

Timing
Direct sow rutabaga seeds during the period three weeks before or after the summer solstice. Optimal soil temperature: 18-21°C (65-70°F). Seeds should sprout in 7-15 days.

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds 5mm-1cm (¼-½”) deep in rows 60-75cm (24-30″) apart. Thin seedlings to 15-20cm (6-8″) apart in each row.

Days to Maturity:

Days to Maturity: From direct sowing.

Growing

Growing
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8. Rutabagas are moderate to heavy feeders that do best in rich, loamy soil amended with composted manure. Add 1 cup complete organic fertilizer beneath each 3m (10′) of row. Lime beds several weeks before planting. Rutabagas appreciate lots of organic matter in the soil. Water generously in hot, dry weather.

Harvest

Harvest
Pull up rutabagas when they are larger than tennis balls. Store in paper bags in a cool, dry place. Storing in dry sand or peat moss may conserve moisture and freshness. Otherwise, leave in the ground for fall harvesting. Rutabaga leaves are also tasty and nutritious.

Seed Info

Seed Info
At least 60% of seeds should germinate in optimal conditions. Usual seed life: 4 years. Per 100′ row: 300 seeds, per acre: 65.4M seeds.

Diseases & Pests

Diseases & Pests
Use a floating row cover to protect seedlings from root maggots and flea beetles. Full sized plants are not badly damaged by these insects.

How to Grow Rutabaga

Step 1: Timing

Direct sow rutabaga seeds during the period three weeks before or after the summer solstice. Optimal soil temperature: 18-21°C (65-70°F). Seeds should sprout in 7-15 days.

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds 5mm-1cm (¼-½”) deep in rows 60-75cm (24-30″) apart. Thin seedlings to 15-20cm (6-8″) apart in each row.

Step 3: Growing

Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8.

Rutabagas are moderate to heavy feeders that do best in rich, loamy soil amended with composted manure. Add 1 cup complete organic fertilizer beneath each 3m (10′) of row. Lime beds several weeks before planting. Rutabagas appreciate lots of organic matter in the soil. Water generously in hot, dry weather.

Step 4: Germination

Days to Maturity: From direct sowing.

At least 60% of seeds should germinate in optimal conditions. Usual seed life: 4 years. Per 100′ row: 300 seeds, per acre: 65.4M seeds.

Step 5: Harvest

Pull up rutabagas when they are larger than tennis balls. Store in paper bags in a cool, dry place. Storing in dry sand or peat moss may conserve moisture and freshness. Otherwise, leave in the ground for fall harvesting. Rutabaga leaves are also tasty and nutritious.

Tips!

Disease & Pests: Use a floating row cover to protect seedlings from root maggots and flea beetles. Full sized plants are not badly damaged by these insects.

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