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Growing Daikon, also Japanese radish, Lo Bok

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(Best months for growing Daikon in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Direct in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 20°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 15 cm apart
  • Harvest in 8-10 weeks. Dig daikon carefully. They are rather brittle..
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Chervil, cress,lettuce, leeks, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes
  • Avoid growing close to: Gherkins, hyssop
  • Mature daikon
    Mature daikon

A long white radish, milder flavour than the small round or oval radishes. Most varieties of Daikon prefer cooler weather. Have a tendency to 'bolt' or flower early in warm/hot weather. Choose a variety to suit your climate. Grow in deep soil and water regularly. They will grow as big as large parsnips if left but the best flavour seems to be when they are about the size of a carrot.

Can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks if washed and dried and the leaves cut off.

A range of varieties of Daikon is available, some will do better in warm areas.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Daikon

Daikon radish can be eaten simmered, stir fried, grated, pickled or baked. Its leaves are also edible and can be used in recipes that call for turnip greens, and its seeds make sprouts to eat in salads or in sandwiches.

Your comments and tips

05 May 17, Gareth Lusty (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Here is a Giant White Radish (Raphanus sativus) https://duckduckgo.com/?q=daikon+radish+picture&t=h_&ia=images (Couldn't use your link, Gareth - Ed.)
24 Apr 17, Awhi Kingi (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I think I have some Daikon radishes in the garden that sprouted from birdseed , they are getting quite large . no one I know can identify them . I was hoping you might be able to look at the photo's for me and see what you think ? I'm a very new gardener but loving it
24 Apr 17, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Have you seen the photo on the daikon page of Gardenate ?
22 Sep 16, Darrell Mills (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Can someone fill me in on the nutritional value of daikons for use in cattle feed, thanks
22 Jun 16, Ray Smith (United Kingdom - warm/temperate climate)
If the radish bolt and flower what's next pull the Radish up.
09 Jun 16, Ray Lilley (New Zealand - temperate climate)
It has been recommended we plant daikon to provide its nutrients for our olive trees. Can you recommend a good low-cost seed provider?
27 Feb 16, Amy (Australia - temperate climate)
I'm in Melbourne and I bought daikon seeds from Ceres in Brunswick East.
09 Oct 15, Aussie Bob (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Planted these in early May on the sunshine coast and got several large (15 cm diameter 40 cm long) radishes harvested in October. They seem to be very susceptible to tight soil i that will cause them to stunt as the ones in the bed with looser soil were much larger. Good sun exposure is a must or they will reach for the sun and grow twisted.
21 Jun 15, Céline (Canada - zone 4a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Is it normal for the daikon radish to be flowering now? Do I leave it until Fall, or harvest now. They are still quite small.
14 Oct 14, Jenny (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I too have planted daikon which have grown about a metre high and flowered but the radishes are only about 5 cm long and 1cm wide. Should I prune the leaves?
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Is it normal for the daikon radish to be flowering now? Do I leave it until Fall, or harvest now. They are still quite small.

- Céline

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