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The Ruby Swede is a dark purple-skinned swede with creamy, yellow flesh bred for extra sweetness. It stores well and has an excellent resistance to powdery mildew. An excellent addition to an allotment, Ruby Swedes are easy to grow and exceptionally winter hardy.
Average number of days from the time the seed has been sown to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. If a crop can be both started in the ground or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct sowing. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from sown date.
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Height Up To 30cm (11.8in) Spread Up To 25cm (9.8in)
Also known as rutabagas (Swedish turnips), swedes are delicious root vegetables that can be mashed, boiled, or roasted for different flavours. Their winter hardiness makes them an excellent choice for our cooler climes. The colour of the flesh deepens during cooking, and it’s outstanding flavour make this an excellent choice cooked alone, with carrot, or in any number of recipes. Resistant to powdery mildew, Ruby Swede is an AGM winner that will last you through the winter.
How long do Ruby swede seeds take to germinate? Sow your Ruby swede seeds into a firm soil bed from May to mid-June. Plant your seeds 2cm deep in rows with 38cm space apart. Your seeds will germinate in up to 14 days and will sprout quickly. Once the germination cycle has finished and your seedlings are becoming established you will be able to transplant in three weeks.
How big do Ruby swede plants grow? Ruby swedes have yellowish-orange flesh with purple skin that needs to be peeled before cooking. You can harvest most of the plant including the leaves which can be used as a green. One swede seed will produce one swede that will grow to the size of a large apple.
How do you know when Swede is ready to be picked? Swede takes around 180 days to become fully mature and ready to harvest. As the plant grows bigger they begin to push up out of the ground and can be easily pulled up from the cool Autumn soil.
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How to Grow Swede
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