How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Turnip – Brassica rapa var. rapa
Family Brassicaceae (Mustard family)

Plant Description

Turnips are a root vegetable in the same family as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower. While primarily grown for the edible root, the greens are also edible and can be prepared similarly to other dark leafy greens. They are grown annually as a cool season crop. Varieties that are suitable for California include Purple Top, Royal Crown, Scarlet Queen, De Milan, and Tokyo.

Cultural Tips

Cultural practices such as proper site selection, soil preparation, planting, and watering are important for plant health, pest management and pest reduction when growing turnips.

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Pests and disorders of Turnip



Environmental disorders



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