Swede Champion Purple Top 200 Seeds
Site. Swede grow best in well-worked, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Add aged compost to planting beds in advance of sowing. Remove soil lumps and rocks which could cause roots to split or become malformed. Add aged compost to planting beds before planting and as a side dressing at mid season. Swede prefer a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5.
Planting time. Swede grow best in cool weather. Sow Swede seed in the garden 4 to 6 before the average date of the last frost in spring. Sow Swede also in late summer for autumn or winter harvest. In mild winter regions sow rutabaga in autumn for winter harvest. Grow Swede so that it comes to harvest before temperatures average above 75°F; Swede requires 60 to 90 days to reach harvest. Rutabaga roots will become grow small and stringy in hot weather.
Planting and spacing. Sow Swede seed ½ inch deep and 1 inch apart. Thin successful seedlings to 4 to 6 inches apart. Space rows 18 to 24 inches apart. Thinning is important so that roots have room to develop.
Water and feeding. Give Swede regular, even water so that roots growing steadily. Do not let the soil dry out. Roots that grow too slowly will be tough. Sporadic watering can cause developing roots to crack.
Companion plants. Beets, carrots, turnips.
Care. Grow Swede in cool temperatures or they will be small and bitter. When roots start to swell, trim the outer foliage to enhance root growth.
Container growing. Swede can become quite large–often reaching 3 to 5 pounds–and are not a good crop for container growing.
Pests. Aphids and flea beetles can attack Swede . Pinch out foliage infested with aphids or spray them away with a stream of water.
Diseases. Swede have no serious disease problems. White rust, a fungal disease, can cause small cottony blotches on the upper surfaces of the leaves.
Harvest. Swede are ready for harvest 60 to 90 days after sowing. Lift Swede when they are 3 to 5 inches in diameter and tops are about 12 inches tall. Swede can remain in the ground as long as the soil temperature does not dip below 24°F. Mulch roots remaining in the ground.
Best roots and most widely grown variety.
Cooks to a pleasing rich flavour and yellow colour. Long keeping. 90 days.