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SWEDE – TWEED F1

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A British-bred F1 hybrid swede, early maturing and vigorous variety, growing particularly well in less fertile soils. The globe-shaped roots have attractive purple shoulders, an excellent cream coloured flesh of a fine texture and flavour.

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SWEDE – TWEED F1

SWEDE – TWEED F1 . A British-bred F1 hybrid swede, early maturing and vigorous variety, growing particularly well in less fertile soils.

Cultivation Advice For SWEDE – TWEED F1

  • Swedes prefer well-draining, fertile soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH (around 6.0-7.5).
  • Add organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, to improve soil structure and nutrient content.
  • Start sowing seeds indoors in early spring or directly sow them outdoors in late spring to early summer.
  • Plant seeds about half an inch deep in rows, spacing them according to the instructions on the seed packet.
  • Swedes thrive in cool temperatures. Ensure they receive full sunlight for at least 6 hours a day.
  • In warmer climates, provide some shade during the hottest part of the day.
  • Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry periods. However, avoid waterlogging, as Swedes do not tolerate overly wet conditions.
  • Water deeply and regularly to encourage proper root development.
  • Once the seedlings have developed a couple of true leaves, thin them to provide adequate space (usually around 6-12 inches apart, depending on the variety).
  • Proper spacing ensures good air circulation and allows each plant to develop a healthy root system.
  • Swedes benefit from a balanced fertilizer application. Side-dress with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer about four weeks after planting.
  • Avoid excessive nitrogen during the later stages of growth, as it can lead to lush foliage at the expense of root development.
  • Keep an eye out for common pests like aphids, flea beetles, and cabbage worms. Use organic or chemical controls as needed.
  • Rotate crops yearly to minimize the risk of soil-borne diseases.
  • Swedes are typically ready for harvest 90-120 days after sowing. Harvest when the roots are firm, smooth, and have reached a good size (usually 4-6 inches in diameter).
  • Use a garden fork to carefully lift the roots from the soil.
  • Store harvested Swedes in a cool, humid environment. A root cellar or a refrigerator works well for short-term storage.
  • 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 soil moisture, suppress weeds, and maintain a more consistent soil temperature.
  • Avoid planting Swedes in the same location where other Brassica crops (cabbage, broccoli, etc.) were grown in the previous year. Crop rotation helps reduce the risk of soil-borne diseases.
  • Consider companion planting with crops that help deter pests. For example, planting aromatic herbs like rosemary or thyme nearby can repel certain insects.
  • Monitor the plants regularly for signs of pests, diseases, or nutrient deficiencies. Early detection allows for prompt intervention and better crop health.
  • Swede plants may benefit from support during their growth to prevent them from toppling over in windy conditions. Staking or providing other forms of support can help.
  • To extend the harvest period, consider successive plantings with staggered sowing dates. This can provide a more continuous supply of fresh Swedes rather than a single large harvest.
  • Aim to harvest Swedes before they become overly mature, as older roots may become tough and woody. Harvesting at the right time ensures better flavor and texture.
  • After harvesting, trim off the tops of the Swedes, leaving about an inch of stem. This helps reduce moisture loss and extends the storage life of the harvested roots.
  • Practice good garden hygiene to prevent the spread of diseases. Remove and dispose of any infected plant material, and avoid working in the garden when the plants are wet.
  • In regions with mild winters, Swedes can be left in the ground and harvested as needed during the winter months. Mulch around the plants to protect them from freezing temperatures.
  • Keep a gardening journal to record planting dates, weather conditions, and any issues encountered. This information can be valuable for planning future crops and improving cultivation practices.

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Seed Count

35

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