Swede 'Helenor F1' is a clear example of an extremely healthy and tasty tuber that does not deserve its place on the list of ‘forgotten vegetables’. Its yellow flesh has an excellent quality and a pleasant, soft flavor that gets even more refined with cooler temperatures during cultivation. Swedes are also called turnips.
'Helenor F1' is a strong crop with a compact growth. The wonderful, purple head starts to grow early on and can eventually reach a weight of 0.6 to 1.2 kg. Unwashed swedes without foliage can be stored up to five months, as long as humidity is high (95%), temperatures are low and there is good ventilation.
At an early stage swedes can be susceptible to cabbage root fly. Planting after, or sowing before, the longest day can help prevent damage caused by this pest. Brown discoloration can occur when there is a boron deficiency. This can be prevented by using a fertilizer that contains this trace element.
Sow indoors: March - June
Transplant: May - July
Sow outdoors: June - July
Harvest: August - November
Plant spacing: 50x25 cm
It is possible to plant closer together. However, this results in smaller tubers.
Depth of sowing: 1-2 cm
Soil: Fertile, high in organic matter and calcareous, pH 6-7.5
Make sure plenty of boron is found in the soil.