Updated on January 11, 2017

2017 NON-LEAFY BRASSICAS (Cabbage Family)
(Kohlrabi and Root Crops)

[  Kohlrabi  |  Spring Radish   Winter Radish  |  Rutabaga  |  Turnip  ]

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Kohlrabi culture: Many people chose to start and transplant to get super early crops. You can also direct seed and get large crops that method as well. Approximately 900 seeds per packet.

Early White Vienna:  55 days.  globe-shaped, white. Harvest when 2 to 3 inches around. Pkt. $1.50

Early Purple Vienna:  65 days.  globe-shaped, purple. Longer season than the white. Pkt. $1.50


(14 varieties to choose from)

Radish culture:  Approximately 450 seeds per packet unless otherwise noted. Plant as early as you can. Replant in early Fall. Spring type radishes can be planted anytime and mature quickly, but always do best when it is cool.

Altaglobe:  25 days.  Large, deep cherry red, round roots. Short, dark green tops. Quick to mature and holds well. Pkt. $2.00

Champion:  25 days.  Bright red, round globe-shaped. Pkt. $1.25

Cherry Belle:  22 days.  Earliest red, nice uniform sized radish. Pkt. $1.50

French Breakfast:  30 days.  Oblong, blunt roots. Red with white tips. Nice for slicing in salads as they make nice uniform slices. Pkt. $1.25

French Golden:  60 days.  A unique golden skinned radish. Unique enough we would like to see it spread around. (Approximately 100 seeds per packet.) Pkt. $3.00

Hailstone:  30 days.  Pure, white globe. Very old variety. Pkt. $1.25

Helios:  A nice round, yellow skinned variety. Pkt. $2.00

Long Scarlet:  55 days.  Long, skinny, red radish. Very old variety (pre-1870's). Pkt. $1.25

Pink Beauty:  30 days.  Beautiful, round, bright pink radish. Pkt. $1.50

Pink Lady Slipper:  30 days.  Crisp white flesh, oval shaped, bright pink skin. Pkt. $1.75

Plum Purple:  30 days.  Beautiful purple skinned radish of excellent quality, round globe shape. Pkt. $1.25

Redhead:  35 days.  Bi-colored fuschia/red top with bright white bottoms. Pkt. $1.75

Sparkler:  25 days.  Used to be known as Scarlet Turnip White Tip. Red radish with a white tip, round globe in shape. Pkt. $1.25

White Icicle:  35 days.  Long white roots. Tends to be stronger flavored than the red globe radishes. Pkt. $1.25

Spring Radish Mix:  A mix of all of the Spring season type radishes (except French Golden). Pkt. $1.75


(6 varieties to choose from)

Radish culture:  Plant in late summer to have mature about 2 weeks after the first frost. Winter types do not do well in Spring plantings and need to be sown no earlier than July 15. They need to be grown when the day length is shrinking. If planted too early they will not bulb up. Approximately 450 seeds per packet.

China Rose:  55 days.  Fall plant around August 1. Roots get 8 inches long and 1 to 2 inches across. Pink skin with white flesh. Our poultry and sheep love this Autumn treat but they are good for human consumption also. Pkt. $1.50

China White:  55 days.  Same as China Rose, but white in color. Pkt. $1.50

Japanese Minowase:  60 days.  Daikon type from Japan. Can get very large. White skin, white flesh. Pkt. $2.00

Long Black Spanish:  65 days.  Long black skinned winter keeper. Old history and very rare. Roots are long and thick with excellent keeping ability. Pkt. $2.00

Round Black Spanish:  55 days.  A winter type that we plant the first week of August here. Roots must be pulled and placed into storage before the ground freezes. Will keep solid as a baseball until April. Vegetables of this type were essential and popular 100 years ago. Today's instant gratification society and modern shipping methods have replaced this wonderful type of radish. Caution: Do not plant this one early in the Spring. They will not ball up. Pkt. $1.50

Watermelon Radish:  60 days.  White skinned, pink red flesh. While it can be planted in the Spring, it does best for us when planted in mid to late Summer for Fall harvest. Pkt. $2.00

Winter Radish Mix:  A mix of the six winter radishes we carry. Pkt. $1.75


Rutabaga culture:  Plant early in the Spring. Direct seed in the garden like turnips. Approximately 1,500 seeds per packet. We dearly love Rutabagas but keeping a constant seed supply is a challenge as they are not readily available from wholesale supply houses. We will continue to try to improve our methods here to increase our own seed and hopefully have a reliable supply of all of the types.

American Purple Top:  100 days.  Traditional rutabaga. Excellent food for people and livestock. Purple top, yellowish bottom skin, yellowish flesh. Pkt $1.25

Helenor:  90 days.  Crisp, golden flesh. Reddish purple color tinged top. Very productive. (UNAVAILABLE FOR 2017)

Joan:  95 days.  Uniform size and shape, purple topped, yellow flesh, best after frost. Pkt. $1.50 Certified Organic Seed

Laurentian:  95 days.  5 to 6 inch roots, standard type Rutabaga. Pkt. $1.25

Nadmorska:  90 days.  Originally from Lithuania. Bright green tops, roots are longer and more oval than most Rutabagas. Pkt. $1.75 Certified Organic Seed

Wilhelmsberger Glebe:  100 days.  Creamy golden flesh, green top. Developed in 1935. Pkt. $2.00

Rutabaga Mix:  A mixture of all six types. Pkt. $2.50


(10 Varieties to choose from)

Turnip culture:  Plant turnips either early in the Spring or late in the Summer. Here in Iowa with the warm nights and hot days of Summer, I find a Spring-sown turnip to be rather repulsive, but those planted in August to be harvested in the cool days of Autumn are a real taste treat. Our soil and lack of root maggots here make them a delicious vegetable. Our sheep love the wheelbarrow loads they get in the Fall and the poultry love the greens. This is a must grow crop for livestock producers. Just don't feed them to a milk cow during the time she is being milked as the flavor carries over into the milk. They also make an excellent soil builder when planted and left to rot over the winter. Approximately 1,500 seeds per packet unless otherwise noted.

Bianca Colleto Viola:  65 days.  Name means white turnip with a red collar. Turnips are elongated and have a great flavor. Pkt. $1.75

Golden Ball:  70 days.  A turnip that does best when it has sufficient time to mature in cool, Fall weather. Here in Iowa it must be planted in mid-July to get the proper size before the weather cools down. This variety dates back to 1859. Pkt. $1.50

Japanese Market White:  50 days.  Small, uniform, sweet turnip. A pure white color. Pkt. $2.00 (Approximately 500 seeds) (Limit 1 Pkt.) Certified Organic Seed

Milan:  55 days.  A nice flavored flattened turnip of Italian origin. Roots are white with a purple top. Mild flavored and makes excellent baby turnips. Pkt. $1.75

Milan White:  55 days.  Pure white early baby turnip. Mild flavored and a high yielding. Pkt. $1.75

Petrowski:  90 days.  European variety, globe tankard shape, golden roots. Approximately 500 seeds per packet Pkt. $3.00 Certified Organic Seed

Purple Top Globe:  50 days.  Excellent for a cover crop and soil builder. We plant August 1 to 10 for a mid-September to hard freeze harvest. Pkt. $1.25; 1 oz. $2.75; 4 oz. $7.00

Seven Top:  45 days.  This type is specifically used for greens only. The roots never develop into anything edible and are usually tough and woody. Very popular in the South. Developed prior to 1880. Pkt. $1.25

Verteus Marteau:  58 days.  A very old French heirloom. Elongated, cylindrical roots with white skin. Pkt. $2.50

White Egg:  65 days.  A pure white turnip that needs to be properly spaced to develop to its true potential. Thin seedlings to 3 inches apart when 2 to 3 inches tall. This type produces very tall tops that are not so ribby and are good for greens. Pkt. $1.50

Turnip Mix:  A mixture of the root forming types of turnips to provide a nice variety. Pkt. $2.50

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