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Q.What should I do if my swede have flowered?

Zone Yorkshire | ilkley pat added on June 27, 2012 | Answered

I have just got home from holiday to find that my swede have flowered. What should I do?

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Answered on June 28, 2012

Swede, rutabaga and turnips are all pretty much the same so if you are currently experiencing bolting (or going to seed), you could cut the flowers BUT cutting the tops off will not reverse this problem. A Swede turnip gone to seed is fibrous, has a woody taste, and is not suitable to eat. Therefore, it is best to pull up the plant once it bolts or leave it to self-seed, if you have room.

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