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Brassica napus (Napobrassica Group) 'Marian'

swede 'Marian'

A swede cultivar with purple skin and yellow flesh with a nutty flavour. Shows resistance to powdery mildew and club root

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
1 year
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Brassicaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Brassicas can be annual, biennial or perennial plants, most are upright with alternate, often glaucous leaves, long taproots and clusters of cross-shaped, yellow or white flowers. The genus includes a number of species bred to produce food crops, such as cabbages, turnips, mustards and oilseed rape, as well as others grown for their ornamental value

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-firmed, non acid soil in full sun. Sow directly outdoors between April - June, where they are to crop, sow thinly 1cm deep with 30cm between rows. Thin out to 15cm apart. See swede cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by seed. See sowing vegetable seeds

Suggested planting locations and garden types
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to birds, cabbage caterpillar, cabbage root fly, cabbage whitefly, cutworms, flea beetle, mealy cabbage aphid, slugs and snails, swede midge

Diseases

May be susceptible to powdery mildews, a downy mildew, club root and leaf spot

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