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Brassica napobrassica

Swede is part of the Brassica (Mustard) genus and its scientific name is Brassica napobrassica.

Direct sow seeds three to four months before the first autumn frost.

It is an edible vegetable that typically grows as an annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year. Normally grows with a erect habit. Popular varieties of Swede with home gardeners are American Purple Top, Laurentian, Marian, Ruby and Joan.

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How to grow Swede

  • Full Sun

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun. Swede requires a soil ph of 6.5 - 7.2 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Swede is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.

Growing Swede from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 1.95 inches (5.0 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.47 inches (1.2 cm).

Transplanting Swede

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Swede is a very hardy plant.

Companion plants for Swede

These plants have been known to grow well alongside Swede so consider planting:

Repellent plants for Swede

These plants will not grow well with Swede so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common Swede problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Swede plants:

Other names for Swede

Rutabaga, Swedish turnip, Wax turnip, Tumshie, Neep, Kålrot

Brassica napus napobrassica, Brassica napus var. napobrassica

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