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Swede thinnings

If I re plant the swede thinnings will they mature and produce a normal vegetable ? WillieDee, Newmarket on Fergus, Co Clare Posted: 05/07/2011


It is not a good idea to transplant swede turnips as the root damage is usually too great and malformed roots develop.

It is is done very carefully, there  might be some chance but generally not.



My turnips are brown in centre look perfect on outside .what causes this and how can I treat for next year .This is second year it has happened all other root veg perfect. lizdurk, broadford, Co Kildare Posted: 13/10/2010


This sounds like boron deficiency, which is more common in a dry year.

Try applying 3 grams of borax, half teaspoon, per square metre in spring before sowing, or use a boronated fertilizer from a farm merchants.



I seem to have a problem with getting my swedes to swell to any reasonable size, they have plenty water and rich soil. 300820101, Killarney, Co Kerry Posted: 29/09/2010


Perhaps you sowed seeds too late. Sow between mid-may and mid-July. They need to be thinned out to about 20 to 30cm apart.

If the soil is very rich in nitrogen, they may grow a lot of leaves and not much root.


swede turnips

we have planted swede in June. we checked one of the plants ,there does not seem any thing growing under the soil there is leaves on all the plants could the amount of rain be effecting the growth of them or is it to early for them to form. 020920102, finglas, Co Dublin Posted: 14/09/2010


Swede turnips do not grow under the soil but on top of the soil surface with about one -quarter of the root buried.

The seedlings need to be thinned out to at least 30cm apart or they might not make much of a root, just a very small one.



rotten turnips

My turnips are ready for harvest and rotten in the middle. The outside is perfect and no evidence of pest infestation. My soil could be on the dry side roslyn, Ballinagh, Co Cavan Posted: 13/09/2010


There are two kinds of turnips: white turnips which are a summer and autumn crop and swede turnips which are an autumn, winter and spring crop.

Both can be affected by internal rot, due to malfunction of the cells, in trun due to either calcium and/or boron deficiency, exacerbated on light dry soil.

Do a soil test to check pH. If it is 6.5 or above, it is okay for vegetables, Below pH 6.5 it needs lime. If that does not help, apply a borinated ferilizer from the local farm coop, or apply a complete liquid feed to the growing plants when small, as these contain trace elements including boron, or seaweed products. Also watering during dry spells will help on light soils and the incorporation of farmyard manure well rotted.


swede turnip

how do i know when swede plants are ready to be harvested. 020920102, finglas, Co Dublin Posted: 02/09/2010


Usually when they are big enough, about the size of a large grapefruit, but they can lack flavour until mid-autumn and they develop fully. And some people like them to have a  touch of frost before use.


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