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BRASSICA rapa 'White Lady'
Producing turnips of a purer white than those of other varieties, 'White Lady' is grown for its tender young greens and its tasty bulbous root. This annual or biennial is one of numerous leafy vegetables belonging to Brassica rapa, which may have originated in central and southern Europe but is now cultivated and naturalized worldwide. The snowy turnips of this variety are ready for harvest about 40 days after sowing. They grow to handball size but are best when young and tender. The large lobed bright green leaves are good for salads, soups, and stir fries when young. They remain relatively smooth and tender at maturity. The leaves grow in a loose upright rosette. Plants may "bolt" during hot weather or after prolonged chilly spells, producing tall sprays of bright yellow flowers, although this variety is relatively heat- and bolt-resistant. Rattlebox seed capsules follow the flowers, opening to scatter many reddish-brown to black seeds.
This cool weather crop prefers full sun and moderately fertile, humus-rich, slightly acid soil with ample drainage. Sow it in early spring before temperatures heat up or in late summer for fall harvesting. In areas with mild climates it makes an excellent winter crop. Bolting causes the roots to develop tough woody cores. This brassica tolerates freezing temperatures and often becomes more flavorful after frost. It is not a heavy feeder and may not need fertilizer if grown in rotation with nitrogen-fixing legumes. This wonderful vegetable is easy to grow and very tasty.
9 - 3
6 - 11
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
14"-20" / 35.6cm - 50.8cm
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Fall, Winter
Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable
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