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What's happening to my turnips?

I planted turnip over two months ago in trays.  Initially outside but they were later transferred to a heated greenhouse following advice from helpful people on here.  I can barely see bulbs on just a few of the plants so I’m not too sure what is going on.  I hope that they all have large bulbs under the surface but would be surprised to find this has happened.

 I always assumed that the turnips will be ready to be harvested when the leaves die, as they do with potato plants, but they show no signs of doing this.  Youtube videos show turnips being harvested will all the leaves looking a healthy green.    

I’m newish to growing veg. and I’m just getting more and more confused about what, if anything, to do.  Any advice gratefully received.

 






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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,686
    They may be getting some warmth in your greenhouse but there's now barely 8 hours of weak daylight in day.
    I imagine they're confused with Spring-like temperatures but mid-winter day lengths and extremely weak light.

    I'd have thought with a sowing in Sept, you'd overwinter them in a cold frame (or somewhere sheltered) then plant out in Spring when they should be ready to harvest in a few weeks.
    It's not something I do, so just my thoughts :)
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Thanks Pete

    I had expected to have had them in stews by now!

    Depending on the climate and temperature it takes turnips around 60 days to grow.


    The greenhouse is quite cold, it's heated but just to avoid freezing.  i think the best thing to do is to leave them alone at the moment, but I just wondered.

    Growing veg. isn't as simple as it looks  :)

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,686
    It's a lot easier if you start such plants in spring then they'll naturally grow quickly because of the lengthening days and warmer temperatures. Then they can be in your stew in a couple of months :)

    I sow about 6 lettuce seeds in a small pot every 3ish weeks from March-June and that gives me plenty of lettuce throughout the growing season (depending on the weather) from a very small area.

    A friend of mine planted some chitted spuds a few weeks ago hoping to have them ready for Christmas lunch. He says they're growing quite well atm.

    See how they come on over winter. They will start to grow quickly as spring gets underway.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • It's a lot easier if you start such plants in spring then they'll naturally grow quickly because of the lengthening days and warmer temperatures. Then they can be in your stew in a couple of months


    Hi Pete

    The turnips (and some leeks) were purchased from here:

    https://propagationplace.co.uk/buy-vegetable-plants-online/

    They advised that these were ready for planting at the end of August/beginning of September, but we are up in the Moorlands, so it depends.   The plants are fine and I've had plants from them before.

    I note that you are in Essex where a cousin of mine moved to many years ago.  She visits once a year but says that she could never come back to live here as it is so cold and wet.  At around 4.00pm today it was 2C outside and we have had torrential rainfall and a cold wind.  This, no doubt, explains the state of the turnips and leeks (outside in tubs).  I'll just let them do their own thing and hopefully they will be ready for harvesting before I plant the potatoes around Easter.

    The only other thing outside is the garlic.  This is sheltered as they do not like too much water.  We planted them from garlic bought from Lidl, not the recommended way to do this, but they are doing fine.



  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,686
    Oh yes that's pretty chilly - it's been 12C here today - and I thought that was chilly :)
    They won't grow much in the low temperatures but they should be OK

    I sowed beetroot at the and of July and harvested golf-ball size beets in Oct.
    I made 6 litres of beetroot and feta soup for the freezer - served ice cold with a glug of Polish Zubrowka vodka for warmth - very refreshing

    Sounds like your garlic is happy - maybe turnips sauteed with garlic next year..... or maybe not
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,101
    I’m not sure that they will grow properly,   Root vegetables don’t like being transplanted,  I see that the place you’re buying from sells them as plug plants,  root veg don’t do so well grown like that.
    You will be far better off buy seeds and growing root veg that way. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • I so wish I could grow Turnips. This year I tried again, only for them to rot. Any advice gratefully received!
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