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Swede Seeds - Gowrie

Botanical - Brassica napus


Seed Count:
500 Seeds
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Price £1.62
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500 Seeds.

Other Names - Rutabaga…

This is an excellent winter hardy swede that shows good resistance to club root and powdery mildew, making it the perfect choice for the gardener. Gowrie has a superb flavour and texture and is a perfect all-rounder in the kitchen.

  • Produces a sweet tasting roots with a purple top.
  • Winter hardy and can store well over the winter months.
  • Shows good resistance to powdery mildew and club root.

Suitable For - Vegetable plot, raised beds

Sowing Months - June - July

Harvest - September - April

Gardening is about finding the right balance! Try growing Companion Plants close by to help deter pests.

  • Calendula (Pot marigold) attracts predatory insects such as lacewings, ladybirds and hoverflies who love to feast on aphids.
  • Cabbage white butterflies are drawn to nasturtiums. Try growing these flowers close by as a sacrificial plant. They will help to draw the pest away from the brassica crop.
  • Try growing a crop of white mustard nearby as a sacrificial crop. The mustard will help to draw the flea beetle away from the crop as the pest normally favours this leaf.
  • Mint helps to deter the flea beetle however it is advisable to grow this perennial herb in containers as mint is very invasive. This can be beneficial as the containers can be moved around vulnerable crops as and when needed.

Soil Preperation

Add some well rotted manure or compost a few months before planting (the previous autumn is ideal). 1 - 2 weeks before sowing or planting add some general purpose organic fertilizer to the area. Remove weeds and add lime to the soil if required as brassica plants prefer alkaline soils.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Biennial, grown as an annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type N/A Distance between plants 20 cm
Position Cool location Distance between rows 45 cm
Average height 50 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 40 cm Sowing distance between plants 20 cm
Hardiness Hardy Distance between rows 45 cm
Overwintering Stored or left in the ground Sowing depth 1 cm
Soil Ph 6.5 - 7.5 (prefers alkaline soil) Germination temperature 16 to 25℃
    Days to germination 7 - 14 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Sow 2 - 3 seeds per 4 cm module. As soon as germination starts reduce the heat and move to an area with good daylight exposure. When the seedlings are large enough to handle thin to one strong seedling per module. 2 - 3 weeks later (depending on speed of growth) plant out.
Harden the plants over 7 - 10 days before planting out to reduce the chances of shock. Plant at the distance and row distance suggested above. Brassicas dislike loose soil. Firm the soil well around each plant and water well. Cover the crop with fine insect mesh to keep birds and other brassica pests away.

Direct Sowing

Avoid sowing too early as the plants may run to seed before the root has time to grow large. Sow 3 seeds per station 20 cm apart at the depth and row distance suggested above. Cover the seeds with soil and water well.
To keep brassica pests such as the flea beetle away cover the bed with a fine insect mesh. When the seedlings are big enough to handle thin to one strong seedling per station. Cover the bed again with the insect mesh as soon as thinning is completed.

Growing On

Weed often and water well every 7 - 10 days in dry weather (deep watering). Keep an eye on pest damage, remove pests immediately to minimize damage.


Swede roots can start to be harvested in early autumn and the whole crop should have been lifted by the end of April. The roots are at their best when no bigger than a grapefruit in size.
Lift the swede with the help of a fork or spade. The whole crop can be lifted by December and stored in a shed or garage in sacks or boxes of sand or compost. If preferred however the roots can be left in the ground unprotected over the winter months up until April and picked as and when needed. To store cut the leaves with a sharp knife and trim the root, do not store damaged or small roots as they will not store well.


If fine insect mesh is used to protect the crop from brassica pests make sure any gaps or holes are closed and secured as pests are very good at finding entry points!

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