By Rufas Chege
In most areas,planting of rutabagas is not recommended because they tend to become woody during hot season or summer.
Some areas of the south can overwinter rutabagas, though growing for a fall harvest is still generally preferred.
Rutabagas takes a lot of time to germinate, slow growing and susceptible to weed pressure, so be sure to prepare your beds well beforehand. This may involve irrigating, waiting several days and raking before you seed or or transplant.
Once seedlings come up, cultivate after every rain to contain weed pressure . This will ensure healthier, more productive plants, a larger yield and a marked reduction in the amount of time spent digging around to find the roots come harvest.
Rutabagas should be planted 90 to 110 days before the intended harvest. So if you hope to harvest your rutabagas in the beginning of November, they should be in the ground no later than the beginning of August to July is better in most areas. If direct seeding, sow seeds at about an inch apart and thin to about 6 inches. If transplanting, set plants with 6 inches between each. Rows should be 1½ to 2 feet apart.