|'Scarlet Ball' is an heirloom variety turnip with a 3 inch diameter root which is somewhat on the flat side of ball-shaped. The young plants make good greens, but slugs love them also. The skin is red, and the flesh not particularly flavorful. The turnip is a bienneal that is grown as an annual. This temperate climate crop grows best when temperatures are around 68 degrees F. Soil should be moist, but well drained and have a medium to low fertility level.
Turnips tend to bolt when soil becomes dry. Once ground is workable in spring, sow seeds and continue doing so about every 3 weeks until the first of summer or until weather gets too hot at about 3/4 inch deep. Space rows 9 inches apart and thin plants with scissors so they are about 4 inches apart. Early turnips can be harvested at about 5 weeks and main crop anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks. Much later than that and plants will be too tough.