Growing Radish

Growing Radish

Dragon Hybrid Radish

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Description

Radishes are among the easiest garden crops to grow. They are a cool season vegetable that are mainly grown for their enlarged, edible root. Available in a variety of shapes and colors, their crisp-tasting roots are best harvested before they become tough and woody, usually between 1 and 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Flavor is mild in the cool weather of spring and fall, and becomes spicier when roots are harvested in heat or just before going to seed.

How to Plant

Radishes are classified into two main categories.

  • Spring radishes can be sown in the garden as soon as the soil can be worked and soil temperatures are between 50 and 75º F. Sow seed at a depth of 1/4 inch and expect germination in 4 to 10 days. Once plants have reached approximately 2 inches in height, thin to 2 inches between plants. Maintain even moisture throughout the season to prevent bolting and make successive plantings to ensure a steady harvest of roots.
  • Daikon radishes or winter radishes are slower to develop than spring varieties and therefore should be sown in mid-summer to early fall to prevent bolting. Sow when soil temperatures are between 65 and 70º F at a depth of 1/4 inch. Expect germination in 4 to 10 days. Once plants are approximately 2 inches tall, thin to 4 to 6 inches between plants. Maintain even moisture throughout the season to prevent bolting and make successive plantings to ensure a steady harvest. Daikon radishes will store well into the winter.

Maintenance

Grow in full sun in deep, moist, well-drained soil. It is best for the soil to be loose and for any large clumps to be broken. Maintain even moisture throughout the season to prevent bolting and pithiness. Make repeated sowings for an extended harvest.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Radishes can be fertilized at planting and again every two weeks with Algoplus All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1.

Common Problems

Radishes are usually not troubled by pests or diseases. Aphids, flea beetles, slugs and snails occasionally attack plants.

Alternative Products

Other common root crops include beets, carrots, rutabagas, and turnips.

Product Recommendations

To aid in proper spacing of seed in the garden we recommend the Easy Seeder. The Garden Bandit Precise Weeder is great for weeding in tight spaces within the row without disturbing the roots. Treat insect pest with 70% Neem Oil or Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew.

Radish Facts

Noche de Los Rabanos (Night of the Radishes) is an annual holiday in Oaxaca, Mexico in which large, carved radishes are used to create displays in a competition for prizes. Because of their quick germination, radishes are often used as row markers for slower growing garden vegetables, like carrots.

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