Growing Rutabaga, also Swedes

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

(Best months for growing Rutabaga in Australia - tropical 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 7°C and 25°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 10 - 20 cm apart
  • Harvest in 10-14 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Peas, Beans, Chives
  • Avoid growing close to: Potatoes
  • Rutabaga harvest ( - Seedambassadors - CC BY-SA 3.0)

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 Rutabaga

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

Your comments and tips

23 Jan 21, Tracey Bullen (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I live in Hobart & have had great success with swedes & parsnips in separate beds. Can they be planted in the same bed? Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
25 Jan 21, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Shouldn't be any problem.
30 Dec 19, Volkhard (Australia - temperate climate)
Swedes. I planted them as seedlings in Sep/Oct. They grew ok but quite early developed flower shoots, and the roots became woody. What is the secret to avoid this? Should I plant them earlier, say July-August?
04 Jan 20, (Australia - temperate climate)
Check here
04 Mar 18, Scott (Australia - temperate climate)
can I grow sweedes next to or near cauliflower??
05 Mar 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
There is nothing here that says you can't grow swedes and silver beet next to caulies.
05 Mar 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
My advice would be not to grow sliver beet and swede too close to cauliflower - the reason the cauliflower could produce a big leaf area and smoother the other two crops. My broccoli plants usually end up 3-4' across and 2.5-3' high. Crowds out other plants if too close.
29 Sep 17, Daryl Pungitore (Australia - temperate climate)
How are swedes preserved? I dont really want to freeze them. Any ideas?
02 Oct 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
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.
02 Oct 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Probably best to just keep in the fridge.
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