SWEDE – AMERICAN PURPLE TOP(RUTABAGA)
Purple Top Yellow (Rutabaga) was introduced before 1920 & was renamed American Purple Top a 10 – 20 years later. Purple Top Yellow is the original name & I will be using it in future. This swede produces large, round, yellow roots with a purple crown. Fine-flavored flesh is firm, sweet & turns orange when cooked. Superb quality traditional swede, will do & taste better in cooler areas. This easy to grow variety matures in approx 90 days. Self-sows freely. Always expects moist soil & is attractive to bees & butterflies. A vegetable that is great for winter storage. Swedes are related to turnips, created by a natural cross between cabbage & turnip. Compared to turnips, swedes grow larger, thanks to their cabbage heritage & require a few weeks longer to mature.
Sow the seed thinly, lightly cover with a little soil. The seedlings will take about 10 days to emerge. Thin the seedlings out to about 25cm apart. Keep them well-watered & well weeded and you should have no problems.
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