Turnip's Hardiness

greenbrier517(8)December 29, 2009

I made the mistake of planting my turnips about a month and a half too late. I was hoping that the cold weather would hold off long enough to get me some greens. 23 degrees is the forcasted temperature for our area. Will this be goodbye for my turnips or will covering them save them?

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bagsmom(7)

I say give it a shot! It can't hurt to try. I have cilantro that has made it through our nights in the twenties. I think a lot depends on where the turnips are planted, specifically. Sometimes I think things get sheltered from the wind, and that helps a lot.

I hope your turnips make it!

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 4:47PM
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girlgroupgirl(8 ATL)

I've never had a problem overwintering turnips at any stage!

    Bookmark   December 29, 2009 at 11:30PM
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liliumskygazer(7)

The cold seems to be coming on harder and earlier this year, doesn't it? Either that or I'm just being a wimp.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2009 at 7:04PM
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cyrus_gardner(8)

It sure has started to get real cold much earlier this year. And night lows will dip down to mid teens in comming weeks.
Back to turnips: I have some white chinese/Korean big radishes in my garden and so far they have not budged. If they can survive then 3-4 days, they have past GA freez hardiness test. I had some last year too. They lasted all winter. So, I think turnips and radishes are very close relatives. So if radishes survive then should turnips too.
In addition to radishes, I also have Chinese cabbage, kohlrabie, leaf cabbages, chards, leeks, onions, shallots, lettuce, arugula, garlics, parsley all in grown stage.
I hope they will survive this cold snap.
We shall see.
On a second thought, I may dump some fall leaves on some, just to shield them from winds.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2010 at 2:31AM
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greenbrier517(8)

Thanks Everyone,

I don't see how they can stand this week with the sub freezing temperatures all week. Oh well..... I guess we'll just have to wait and find out.

Good Luck to ALL!!!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2010 at 3:51AM
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