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LSUlefty
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Growing turnips from seed
Put some in the ground almost 2 weeks ago and they still haven't sprouted. How long do they usually take? I'm in the Lafayette area btw and it's still very hot.


CrawDude
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re: Growing turnips from seed
Usually 7-10 days. You think you may have planted them too deep? LSU AgCenter says plant seeds no deeper than 1/8 inch (as you know they are incredibly small). Soil temperature should be OK for germination


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CoachChappy
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re: Growing turnips from seed
We plant them on the levies of the rice fields. We just use a hand spreader. It may be a bit early. Next week, the temps will cool off. Give it until then.


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gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: Growing turnips from seed
Between 10-14 days for turnip seeds to sprout, but don't be surprised if it takes a couple days longer. It also depends on how old the seeds were that you planted. I always buy fresh seed or use seed from the year before, but not older than that.

I'll use seeds dated 2019 but not older than that since the germination rate usually goes way down.

I direct sowed some seeds a week ago for sugar snaps and cucumbers and they haven't broken ground yet.



LSUlefty
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re: Growing turnips from seed
I think it may be the temperature is still too hot. I'll buy another pack this weekend.


alphaandomega
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re: Growing turnips from seed
I plant them for deer. I will spread my oats and triticale into a disked seed bed.

Then I cultipack the field, then spread clovers and turnip seeds and cultipack again.

Works great everytime.


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CrawDude
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re: Growing turnips from seed
Might be too warm but this info might suggest otherwise. I bought turnip seeds yesterday but usually wait until the first week of October to plant them. My father planted turnips seeds a week or so ago in Morgan City - I’ll check and see if his have germinated.

Soil Temperature Conditions for Vegetable Seed Germination


LSUlefty
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Youngsville, LA
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re: Growing turnips from seed
So 60°- 95° and max is 105°. I'll give it a few more days then.


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LSU Tiger Bob
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re: Growing turnips from seed
Moisture is required to sprout. When they sprout moisture is critical. They can sprout and die and you'll never know it.


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gumbo2176
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re: Growing turnips from seed
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I think it may be the temperature is still too hot. I'll buy another pack this weekend.



The temperature is what's keeping me from putting in my leaf lettuce, kale, Swiss chard and spinach seeds. I won't put them in the ground until the first week of October.


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LSUlefty
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Youngsville, LA
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Growing turnips from seed
I transplanted broccoli and cabbage this past Saturday. So far so good. I finally found Cauliflower today.


gumbo2176
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re: Growing turnips from seed
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I transplanted broccoli and cabbage this past Saturday. So far so good. I finally found Cauliflower today.



Same here with Flat Dutch and red cabbage, Brussel sprouts, Georgia collards, PacMan Broccoli and cauliflower transplants.

The wife and I made a run to Jefferson Feed on Jefferson Hwy. and I picked up the plants from there for the veg. garden and she got several plants for the front flower garden to replace those that didn't make it in the summer heat.


LSUlefty
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Youngsville, LA
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Growing turnips from seed
I had no idea about the different varieties of broccoli. Are some better than others?


gumbo2176
Member since May 2018
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re: Growing turnips from seed
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I had no idea about the different varieties of broccoli. Are some better than others?




I've been growing PacMan for a few years now and really like the size of the initial head. Once you pick it, don't pull the plants because they will continue making side shoots of individual stems of broccoli that are smaller than the main head.


Unlike cauliflower and cabbage that are what I call "One and done", broccoli will produce for several weeks afterwards. You can also eat the leaves just like any garden green.



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michael corleone
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re: Growing turnips from seed
How old are your seeds. Cleggs has the 2020 seeds. Mine germinated on day 2. By day 4 they were an inch or so high. If you have bad seeds, start over. Turnips are the easiest veritable to grow in my opinion. When I can’t figure out what will grow in an area, I throw turnip seeds down and sure enough I have greens to cut in a month or so.


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boudinman
Member since Nov 2019
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re: Growing turnips from seed
Honestly by now mourning doves have most likely eaten every seed. Till up area, and add some 13-13-13 fertilizer. Then just sow seeds on top of the soil. Wet/soak the area very well with a sprinkler. Should be up within a week. Water every 3-4 days, unless get a soaking rain.


Same advice goes for planting mustard seed. I recommend Florida Broadleaf variety
This post was edited on 9/16 at 5:43 pm


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mingoswamp
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Member since Aug 2017
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re: Growing turnips from seed
Not a reply to your question, but a young man we duck hunt with was bringing back a sack of turnip seeds on a flat bed truck. There was a rip in the sack and in a few months there was about a 4 mile stretch of two lane that had turnips growing pretty thick alongside the highway ditches.


LSUlefty
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Youngsville, LA
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Growing turnips from seed
Looks like some have sprouted. Think I'll put some more seeds down in a week or 2.


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FowlGuy
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re: Growing turnips from seed
Don’t ever underestimate the importance of watering the seed after planting, and keeping the seed bed wet. If you wet the seed and let it dry and it Dosent rain for a while the ground can get a hard crust and it won’t come up, or if it was planted to deep won’t come up. I’m in south ark and planted some in early August hot, very hot, and still came up.
This post was edited on 9/19 at 4:17 pm


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