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Growing Swedes, also Rutabagas

(Brassica napus var.napobrassica)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
            P P        

(Best months for planting Swedes in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.


  • 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 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 4 - 8 inches apart
  • Harvest in 10-14 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Peas, Beans, Chives
  • Avoid growing in same bed: Potatoes

Member of turnip family Round root vegetable with creamy white flesh and reddish purple leaves.

They take about 3 to 4 months to grow.

Grow where beans or peas have been grown the year before.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Swedes

Use when about the size of a tennis ball.
The leaves can be cooked like cabbage when young.


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