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Swede Seeds (Campion)

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This hardy vegetable is winter staple the purple top rounded roots have a tasty yellow flesh with a mild flavour.

Swede Seeds Sowing Instructions:

Swedes (or yellow turnips) grow well in Ireland. They are not particularly fussy about the soil they grow in, though they will fare better if the soil is manured.

White turnips are a quick growing crop – in contrast with the swede turnip, which is a long season crop.


May to June 


September to December 


  • Swedes and turnips will grow in most reasonably fertile soil, but best results will be obtained from soil that has had compost and general fertiliser added a week or two before.
  • Swedes can be sown direct or in modules for later transplanting. If sowing direct, sow in late May or June, very thinly 1- 2cm deep in rows 40cm apart. If sowing in modules sow 1 seed per module in May.
  • Turnips usually grow better when sown direct, but they can also be sown in module trays. Sow one or two seeds per module 2cm deep. Transplant using same spacing as swede.


  • If you have sown direct, thin plants to 25cm apart when they begin to grow.
  • If sown in modules, transplant in June, spacing plants 25cm apart in rows of 40cm.
  • Keep plants free of weeds and water regularly during dry weather.


  • Swedes take up to five months to mature (turnips take just 6-8 weeks).
  • Harvest when 10-15cm diameter, by simply pulling the root from the ground by the stem.
  • Swedes mature in the autumn – they can be left in the ground for the early part of the winter, but storage after December is better in a shed.
  • Turnips will not store as well as swedes, hence why it’s not a good idea to sow too many of them.
  • Harvest by simply pulling the root from the ground by the stem.

Visit the GIY Veg directory for more growing details and tips.

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