Plant Care Rutabaga


About Rutabaga

Rutabaga is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Rutabaga likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Rutabaga belongs to the Brassica genus, and is native to Northern Asia and Northern Europe.


Brassica napus

Also known as

Turnip, Rapeseed, Canola and Kale SiberFrill

How to care for Rutabaga

💦 Water

How often to water your Rutabaga

Water needs for Rutabaga
0.5 cups
every 9

Rutabaga needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Rutabaga

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

☀️ Light

Finding light for Rutabaga in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Rutabaga: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Rutabaga love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Rutabaga does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Rutabaga in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Rutabaga

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Rutabaga: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Rutabaga after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Rutabaga is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Rutabaga →

Common Rutabaga Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Rutabaga prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Rutabaga Water Frequency →

Rutabaga Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Rutabaga requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Rutabaga Light Requirements →

Rutabaga Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.

💨 Humidity

Rutabaga doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Rutabaga Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Rutabaga does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Rutabaga →

When and How to Successfully Repot Rutabaga →

💩 Fertilizer

Rutabaga grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

🌎 Native Region

Rutabaga is native to Western Europe, the Mediterranean, and temperate Asia.

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Rutabaga is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Rutabaga →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Rutabaga can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 2a-10b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Rutabaga Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Rutabaga can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Rutabaga



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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