Animal Crossing Turnips guide: Where to buy and sell, Turnip Lady day & more

Ava Thompson-Powell
Animal Crossing Turnip Guide

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is full of opportunities to create a beautiful island right out of your dreams, but to do that, you’ll need to pay off your loans with Tom Nook and earn as many Bells as you can gather. Turnips allow you to do just that in Animal Crossing.

Selling the elusive, money-making root vegetable is one of the most lucrative ways of making those precious Bells. With so many collections to complete, things to build, and Villagers to move in — there’s always something to do in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Making plenty of Bells to do any of this is imperative, though, so read on to find out all you need to know on what to do with Turnips in the game with our handy guide.


When can you buy Turnips in Animal Crossing?

Buying turnips in Animal Crossing is incredibly easy. Every Sunday, you’ll be able to purchase a maximum of 9990 turnips in one purchase (and more if you have extra Bells) at a fluctuating price, weekly.

Animal Crossing How to Buy Turnips
Daisy Mae is your one-stop shop for all things turnip.

Who is Daisy Mae and when can you find her?

Between the hours of 5 AM and 12 PM, the Turnip Lady will appear on your island, so make sure to check in with her every Sunday. Known as Daisy Mae, the NPC pictured above is who you’ll be heading to weekly to purchase the money-making vegetable.

Carrying a hat full of turnips on her head, and a little blue dress with pound signs, she’s incredibly easy to spot.

Time Travel

If you’re not able to catch up with Daisy Mae on a Sunday, there are options if you’re open to playing the game just a little differently.

Animal Crossing Time Travel
Changing the time and date on your switch allows you to hop back if you’ve missed Sunday.

Dubbed ‘time travel,’ this method involves changing the date and time on the Nintendo Switch – which gets your game to trigger particular events – in order to get the NPC to appear on your island.

Missed Daisy Mae on Sunday and it’s now Monday morning? Follow these steps and you’ll be able to buy turnips in no time:

  1. Close Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
  2. Press the home button.
  3. Head to system settings.
  4. Scroll down to System
  5. On the right-hand side, scroll down to Date and Time.
  6. Turn off ‘Synchronize Clock via Internet.’
  7. Under the current date and time, move the clock back to the prior Sunday, and set the time for 8 AM.

Now, load up your game, and Daisy Mae the Turnip Lady should be somewhere on your island! Note that you should never time travel forwards to get your turnips and then set the date backward, as your turnips will become spoiled.

As we said previously, your turnips will also spoil if not sold by the following Saturday at 10 PM, so try not to be too greedy and wait too long to get that best price. That being said, you should be safe to time travel forward throughout the week a couple of days, as long as you don’t go past that 10 PM spot on Saturdays.

What to do with turnips in Animal Crossing?

Animal Crossing Turnip Store
You’ll have to store turnips in your home if you don’t want to keep them in your pockets.

Once you’ve purchased your turnips, you’ll want to store them. Unsurprisingly due to how lucrative they can be, there’s no way to plant turnips in Animal Crossing. The only ways to store your turnips are:

  1. Keep them in your inventory pockets. This will ultimately limit what you can carry, though.
  2. Placing turnips within your home.
  3. Burying the turnips in a designated spot on your Island.

The turnips won’t spoil whether placed in your home, stored in your inventory, or buried until 10 PM the following Saturday, so feel free to set them down wherever you have room.

Can you plant turnips?

Unfortunately, there is no way to plant turnips in-game to grow new turnips. As we mentioned, you are able to bury them as a method of storing- but this is the only option we have.

How to sell Turnips and prices

Turnips Nook's Cranny Tommy and Timmy
You’ll have to keep an eye on the market to find the best price.

Selling turnips in Animal Crossing is incredibly easy. Throughout the week after buying from Daisy Mae, you’ll want to head into your Island’s Nook’s Cranny and speak to Timmy and Tommy.

Each day, their prices will continue to fluctuate up and down. It can be worth waiting throughout the week to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck, though, so don’t be too eager to spend them all on Monday.

Predicting whether or not you’re likely to get a better price throughout the week is a lot of trial and error, though. This is mainly due to the fact that Timmy and Tommy’s buying prices change twice daily, between the hours of 8 AM and 12 PM.

Since Turnip prices in Animal Crossing: New Horizons constantly fluctuate throughout the week, whether buying or selling, you’ll need to keep track of prices yourself or use a calculation site like Turnip Calculator to take out the need for hard work.

Turnip Prophet

One external tool that is a fantastic way to calculate and predict Turnip prices is called Turnip Prophet. This easy-to-use app allows you to predict when your selling price “spike” will be with the two raccoons.

It works by having the player input their stalk market prices from the last few days, and figuring out the best way to make a profit. You’ll get the best results from the app after inputting your information for a couple of weeks, so you might not get accurate numbers straight away.

Turnip Exchange

Not set on wanting to have to wait more than a few days to get the best price? Try the Turnip Exchange. Available either through the Reddit community or the website of the same name, you can head to these to connect with other players who are opening their island to visitors wanting to sell turnips.

It’s always worth checking out, as it’s the difference between making a profit, or losing out on Bells.

For more helpful guides and tips for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, make sure to check out our other guides below:

How to get a villager to move out | How to get Iron Nuggets | Funny catchphrases in New Horizons | How to time travel | How to restart your New Horizons island | Stop villagers moving out | Terraforming guide | Villager gift guide | How to get the Music Box | How to get the Storage She | How to get Ankha in Animal Crossing | How to get Raymond in Animal Crossing | How to get Gayle in Animal Crossing | How to get Iron Nuggets fast

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