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Growing Rutabaga, also Swedes

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
            P P        

(Best months for growing Rutabaga in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 45°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 4 - 8 inches apart
  • Harvest in 10-14 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Peas, Beans, Chives
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes

Your comments and tips

27 Nov 16, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Root crops such as swedes, carrots, etc, do not need a lot of nitrogen; which would be present in the manure. Nitrogen in root crops causes excessive top growth at the expense of the roots. After you have freshly manured your soil it is better to start off with a leaf crop such as lettuce, cabbge, etc. Follow this with a fruiting crop such as tomatoes, beans, zucchini, etc. the soil will then be ideal for root crops such as swedes, carrots, parsnip, etc. If that is the problem; all is not lost, look after them and you will get some sort of root and the tops can be used in soup or stir fries. Trust this helps
20 Sep 16, paul merrett (Australia - temperate climate)
live in south australia and cannot find swede seeds anywhere. any advice. thankyou.
03 Jun 16, Sam (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi i've read all over the place that you can regrow Swedes from the Top (Kitchen Scraps) i've just tried this on my laundry windowsill in water - it has started to grow long thin roots & a few (3-4) shoots off the top.. Now i'm wondering how to transplant it without causing it to rot or something?? Also Will it regrow to produce another Swede or few?? Do i separate the shoots on top or replant the top whole?? Thanks, Sam
09 Jul 16, Pete (Australia - temperate climate)
Dig a hole about 5 cm deeper that the roots. Bed in your plant using a good potting mix. It will 'take' in about 2 weeks and start to grow. After 3 weeks fertilize with half strength liquid fertilizer such as Miracle-Gro. Don't fertilize again if your soil is good.
27 Mar 16, (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Plant your swedes From seedlings april. If leggy when germinated. Plant seedlings deeper up to first leaf join.
07 Mar 15, Sharon (Australia - temperate climate)
We planted swede seed in trays 3 weeks ago in potting mix and had 2 seeds germinate. We kept them moist and they were in dappled shade - what did we do wrong?
19 May 15, Marina (Australia - temperate climate)
Swede are to be sown direct into the soil just like carrots. They don't like to be transplanted.
27 Sep 14, Judith Kellett (Australia - temperate climate)
The best swedes ever are grown in Tasmania, up high at a place called Collin's Cap, but those from Collinsvale at around 400 metres elevation were pretty awesome. My kids used to beg me to cut them slices to eat raw!!! They were more bowling ball than tennis ball size: my neighbour used to give them to me in 10kg pockets that held about 7 or 8. Now in Adelaide I despair at the miserable golf balls in the shops. I firmly believe they do best in a cool to cold climate.
18 Apr 14, Lisa (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I have trouble getting swedes to grow. They are always small and stringy. My turnips and parsnips in the same bed are fine, but I also have trouble with beetroot, kohl rabi and leeks.
01 Feb 14, Allen Lee (Australia - temperate climate)
Brassica rapa. Swede Laurentian can be obtained from "Diggers seeds" whether they have the one you are looking for by contacting them they may be able to help you. They do carry seeds from US too.
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I found this on the web. I also store carrots, beetroot and swedes in my ‘cushion’ boxes.  It is easy to store them and very convenient to pop outside to get something to prepare for dinner.  I lift the vegetables and twist off the tops and then put them into a wooden box on top of a layer of compost (you can use sand for this too).  I make sure the vegetables aren’t touching and then I cover them with compost.  This way they store beautifully over the winter. Done in a very cold place though.

- Mike

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