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Growing Rutabaga, also Swedes

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

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.
06 Jan 14, Michael Tuma (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I am chasing seeds or plants of a swede / turnip I've been told is called Rutabaga by the Americans and here in Australia. Every listing I find here has Rutabaga as 'Brassica napus (var.) napobrassica' whereas I'm after the one the Germans call "Steckruebe". It's botanical name is Brassica napus (var.) rapifera. Can anybody help?
21 Nov 13, Pete Sawyer (Australia - temperate climate)
In reply to johno..If you have huge leaf growth with either Swedes or cabbage ,caulies toms or most others it can often be because of to much nitrogen. You try to build up the soil with chemicals when a better way is organic compost.I have discovered this the hard way. Best of luck keep trying and you will get it right Regards Pete
04 Aug 13, johno (Australia - temperate climate)
I have grown Sweds for the first time this year with not much success. Theye have grown more like a tube instead of a ball and they seem to have all the growth above the ground. The foilage on top is huge so I think the growth has gone to the top instead of under the soil. Can anyone suggest ways to improve next years crop.
23 Jul 13, kenneth Griffiths (United Kingdom - cool/temperate climate)
Boil swede and carrot, mash together add pepper and vinegar to taste and serve as a veg with any roast dinner. Particularly good with roast beef.
20 May 13, Deirdre (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I have heard it is grown in Capetown as fodder for cattle? I would love to get some have not had sucess growing them.
21 Apr 13, ALAN HUNT (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Where can I obtain Swede (Rutabaga) seeds to grow? I have never seen this veg in South Africa.
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live in south australia and cannot find swede seeds anywhere. any advice. thankyou.

- paul merrett

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