Westport Macomber Turnip Rutabaga
- Large white roots with green or purple tops
- Smooth skin
- 100 days
(Brassica napus) Popularized in Westport, MA, by brothers Aden and Elihu Macomber, who brought seed home from the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition. SSE’s stock is from Russell Davis, a Westport farmer who obtained it in 1940. Known for its smooth skin which is easily cleaned for market. Roots are large and white with either green or purple shoulders. 100 days.
Learn to Grow Westport Macomber Turnip Rutabaga
Direct Seed: 2" Apart
Seed Depth: 1/2"
Rows Apart: 18-24"
Thin: 6" Apart
Instructions - Sow seeds outdoors in late spring. Seeds will germinate in 5-15 days. Rutabagas prefer a long, cool growing season. Plant in full sun in cool climates or partial shade in hot summer climates. Rutabagas are most delicious after a frost or two.
Ratings & Reviews
Easy Hardy Growers.
Beginner gardener here. I bought these on sale for fun. I like in Laramie, Wyoming Zone 4b high elevation, short, cold growing season. These did the best out of everything I planted this year. I planted them first week of June and they survived the early June snow. I left them in the ground after the first snow and cold snap that lasted 3 days until the end of September which includes a lot of cold nights and other occasional frosts. These did really well and I am impressed.