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Rutabaga Seeds

Rutabaga seeds mature into hardy cruciferous vegetables with large, edible roots – very similar to turnips. Their flavor is sweet, earthy, and somewhat peppery. Best grown in cool weather, rutabagas prefer full sunshine to partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil. These biennials are cultivated as annual plants in vegetable gardens. Although rutabagas need a longer growing season than other root crops, they provide a welcome addition to winter meals.

Survival Garden Seeds provides rutabaga seeds for sale, including instructions for sowing and proper care. Our non-GMO seeds are chosen for their strong growth characteristics and culinary quality, ensuring a successful and tasty harvest of the rutabaga vegetable.

Growing Rutabaga Seeds in Your Garden

  • Sweet, earthy flavor
  • Easy to grow root vegetables
  • Ideal for winter meals
  • Heirloom, non-GMO seeds


Rutabagas, also known as Swedes, are an interesting cross between a turnip and a cabbage. The result is a nutritious root vegetable abundant in C vitamin, fiber, and potassium, which can be prepared in many ways: roasted, added to soups and stews, or mashed. Originating from Scandinavia or possibly Russia, rutabagas are used in various cuisines today. They are suitable for growing in USDA hardiness zones 2 through 9.


Sow rutabaga seeds in the garden about six weeks before the last frost for spring planting. Plant them four months before the first fall frost for a late harvest. Plant seeds 1/2 inch deep. Space them 6 inches apart. Rutabagas need a full growing season for root development. This is why timely planting is crucial for success.


Even though they take time to develop, rutabagas are easy to grow overall. They require consistent moisture. Regular watering and a mulch layer help maintain soil temperature and moisture. Thin the seedlings to 12 inches apart when they are big enough, giving each plant enough space to grow. Harvest rutabagas when the roots are 3 to 5 inches in diameter. They can be left in the ground to be picked when needed and saving valuable storage space in your root cellar. They can withstand frost and even become sweeter with the cold.

With Survival Garden Seeds, growing rutabagas at home allows you to enjoy hearty vegetables. Their sweet, nourishing qualities will be perfect when mashed or roasted. Use them in winter dishes, and indulge in the comforting taste of this wonderful crop.

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