Spring Garden Tips

Radish

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Botanical Name

Raphanus sativus

Hardiness

Annual, some winter varieties are biennial

Height

6 to 18 inches

Width

6 to 9 inches

Light

Full sun to part shade

Soil

Moist, well-drained, cool

Planting and Care

Radishes germinate and grow best in cool temperatures of 55 F to 65 F. Warmer temperatures result in poor flavor and bolting.

Begin sowing 3 to 6 weeks before the last frost date. Plant seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inches deep. Thin spring varieties to 1/2 to 1 inch apart. Thin larger winter radishes to 6 inches. Space rows 12 inches apart. Radishes can also be sown in an open bed and thinned to ideal spacing.

Radishes help break up the soil for slower maturing carrots, turnips and parsnips when they are sown together.

For a continual harvest, sow in 1 to 2 week intervals until temperatures average 60 F. Resume planting again in fall when the temperatures cool. Or make a single spring planting of different varieties that will mature at different times during the season.

Radishes mature quickly and can be interplanted with later maturing vegetables such as cabbage, tomato or squash.

Problems

Root maggots

Varieties to Consider

Burpee White - round, white skin, 25 days to harvest

Plum Purple - deep magenta skin, 25 days to harvest

Icicle - long, slim, white, 25 days to harvest

China Rose - winter radish, white, 52 days to harvest

Round Black Spanish - winter radish, black skin, 55 days to harvest

Harvesting

Dig or pull radishes when the root reaches full size (usually starting when the less than an inch). Proper thinning and well-drained soil are important for proper root development.

Did You Know

Save thinnings of your radishes and use them as tasty additions to salads.  Not only is the root portion edible, but the greens are as well.

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