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Swede Marian

Original price was: £2.99.Current price is: £2.79.

Purple topped, yellow fleshed variety, hardy and a reliable cropper. Very high yielding with uniform roots and good resistance to clubroot and mildew.

1917 in stock


Swede Marian

Swede Marian. Purple topped, yellow fleshed variety, hardy and a reliable cropper. Very high yielding with uniform roots and good resistance to clubroot and mildew. Stores well in frost free shed in dry sand.

Cultivation Advice

  • Swedes prefer well-draining, fertile soil with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.5.
  • Add organic matter, such as compost, to improve soil structure and nutrient content.
  • Start seeds indoors in early spring or sow directly in the garden when the soil can be worked.
  • Plant seeds about half an inch deep in rows, following the spacing recommendations on the seed packet.
  • Swedes thrive in cool temperatures and prefer full sunlight.
  • In warmer climates, provide some shade during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry periods. Avoid waterlogging, as swedes do not tolerate overly wet conditions.
  • Water deeply to encourage proper root development.
  • Thin seedlings when they have a couple of true leaves, providing adequate space (usually 6-12 inches apart, depending on the variety).
  • Apply a balanced fertilizer before planting, and side-dress with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer about four weeks after planting.
  • Keep an eye out for common pests like aphids and cabbage worms. Use organic or chemical controls as needed.
  • Practice crop rotation to reduce the risk of soil-borne diseases.
  • Swedes are typically ready for harvest 90-120 days after sowing. Harvest when roots are firm and have reached a good size.
  • Use a garden fork to carefully lift the roots from the soil.
  • Store harvested swedes in a cool, humid environment, such as a root cellar or refrigerator.
  • Swedes can be stored for several months if kept in optimal conditions.
  • Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plants to help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.
  • Consider planting companion plants like beans or peas near swedes.
  • These plants can help fix nitrogen in the soil, benefiting the growth of swedes.If “Swede Marian” or any specific variety is known for disease resistance, consider choosing disease-resistant varieties when available. This can help in preventing common diseases affecting brassicas.
  • Maintain consistent watering, especially during the root development phase. Irregular watering can lead to cracked or woody roots.
  • Harvest swedes continuously as they reach maturity. This allows space for other plants to develop and provides a more extended harvest period.
  • If you plan to save seeds for future plantings, ensure that swedes are isolated from other brassica varieties to prevent cross-pollination. This is crucial for maintaining the true characteristics of the “Swede Marian” variety.
  • In regions with early frost, consider providing some protection to the swede plants to extend the harvest period. This can be achieved with row covers or by applying a layer of straw around the plants.
  • If your soil pH is not within the recommended range, consider adjusting it before planting. Swedes, like other brassicas, prefer slightly acidic to neutral soil.
  • Keep records of planting dates, fertilization schedules, and any issues encountered during the growing season. This information will be valuable for future planning and troubleshooting.
  • Connect with local gardening communities or extension services for region-specific advice and insights. Local gardeners may have valuable tips based on their experiences with similar varieties in your area.
  • Keep an eye out for pests like slugs and snails, which can damage young seedlings. Implement organic pest control methods or use barriers to protect plants.
  • Remember that specific cultivation practices may vary based on your local climate, soil conditions, and the characteristics of the “Swede Marian” variety. Always consult the seed provider, local agricultural extension office, or experienced gardeners in your region for the most accurate and relevant information.

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