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Growing Radish

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

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 86°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 1 - 2 inches apart
  • Harvest in 5-7 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Chervil, cress,lettuce, leeks, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes
  • Avoid growing close to: Hyssop, gherkins
  • Cherry radish
    Cherry radish
  • French Breakfast radishes
    French Breakfast radishes

Small, spicy tasting root vegetable usually round but some longer varieties . Available in a range of colours between red and white.

Very easy to grow. Good for a child's first garden as seedlings appear in two or three days. Sow between other vegetables as they will mark the rows until the slower germinating plants appear.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Radish

Wash well and remove leaves and roots.
Use raw in salads or on their own with bread and butter.

Your comments and tips

01 Aug 17, Corinne Young (Australia - temperate climate)
Can I grow Radishes in pots . Deep pots. I live in Capel , Western Australia.
03 Aug 17, Bev (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Your pot size must be relative to the size of the radish. Radishes come in sizes ranging from 2cm to 30cm & larger !
02 Aug 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
A better suggestion is a Styrofoam box used for corn or zucchini - if you can find bigger boxes the better - you can grow more at a time. Go to Foodworks, IGA or any supermarket and ask if they have any. Put newspaper, shade cloth or bubble wrap on the bottom - then about 25 mm of small pebble (the beach) - then another layer of paper, shade cloth or bubble wrap with some holes in it. Mix up some soil, sand, compost/manure and potting mix/seed raising mix. Put that in the box and give a good watering. Plant the radish and sprinkle some soil/ potting mix/seed raising mix over the radish. Keep out of the sun until they germinate or put some shade cloth or something similar over them until they germinate. With this free draining soil and shallow soil depth they will need watering each day and plenty of sun. Have 2-3-4 boxes and have a succession of plantings. This method can be also used to grow lettuce and baby spinach - plant very densely and cut the young leaves about 25-50 mm up the plant and they will reshoot - multiply cuttings. You can buy seeds on the internet 100-200 seeds for $1.
15 Feb 17, Millicent (Australia - temperate climate)
Mine were red and green
09 Feb 17, Danny (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
My radishes grow all top but no bulb. Any ideas.
10 Feb 17, Julie (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Hey Danny, me too! I thought I hadn't planted the seeds deep enough or firmed down the soil hard enough after planting seeds? Will be giving these a go next lot as mine are also growing more above ground than below.... hope these ideas help!
09 Feb 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
The most common cause of lots of leaves and small roots in radishes is an excess of manure which has a lot of nitrogen in it. Nitrogen is what causes leaf growth and is ideal for lettuces, spinach, etc. If you have used a lot of manure plant a leaf crop to use up some of the nitrogen then plant your radishes.All the best.
04 Nov 16, lana (Australia - temperate climate)
why did my radish look great when harvest,but were not nice .soft and spongy airy inside.
16 Jan 17, Amy (Australia - temperate climate)
I have read that that can happen if you leave them in too long, could that have been the case?
04 Sep 16, Purpleluna (Australia - temperate climate)
Yes I am and my son are going to plant these type "sparkler" in a deep old stainless atell washing sink fr a laundry so I dont aee why not as the radishes are small
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My radishes grow all top but no bulb. Any ideas.

- Danny

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