Growing Daikon, also Japanese radish, Lo Bok

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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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

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

03 Aug 20, Alice (USA - Zone 5b climate)
My diakons grew long leaves that are flowering already and the roots are only 1 or 2 inches. Do I need to pull them?
06 Aug 20, Anon (USA - Zone 2a climate)
Too rich a soil probably. Radish do not like rich soil, produces all leaf.
26 Jun 20, Nikki little (Australia - arid climate)
I live Roma qld and I am wanting to grow daikon can I do it now in winter.
29 Jun 20, Anonymous (Australia - temperate climate)
Inland Qld is temperate, so set climate zone to temperate and check when to plant daikon.
10 Jan 19, Cindy (Australia - tropical climate)
I'd like to grow daikon but live in tropical zone. Can you suggest any particular seed that is better suited to hot climate?
15 Jan 19, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I bought some from Boondie seeds on line.
14 Jan 19, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Grow in the autumn and winter is my tip.
16 Dec 18, Patricia (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Would like to know which variety to plant. Summer rainfall. Hot summer. Pretty cold winters. Highveld . Eastern Mapumalanga.
16 Dec 18, Patricia Trollip (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Would like to grow them for cattle. Remember them as a child. But dont know anything else. Any advise welcome.
24 Oct 18, Loulou (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I think daikon is a winter vegetable.. planting now will go straight to flower and therefor don't send the nutrients anymore to root. I plant mine beginning of autumn, when summer temperatures are gone. Tried a second end crop, sown mid august (in tray in green house), but it went to flower beginning of october. I'm in the Blue Mountains.
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