Growing Radish

Raphanus sativas : Brassicaceae / the mustard or cabbage family

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

(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 8°C and 30°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 3 - 5 cm apart
  • Harvest in 5-7 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Chervil, cress,lettuce, leeks, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes
  • Avoid growing close to: Hyssop, gherkins

Your comments and tips

05 Apr 20, eugene kowbel (Canada - Zone 3b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
what is best radish type for early planting in zone 3b
08 Mar 20, Elize (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
How much water do radishes need?
08 Mar 20, ML (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
A little light watering each day, try and keep the soil moist. During germination and the first few days even twice a day. They have a shallow root system, light watering often.
05 Mar 20, Shouyu Du (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Why do my cherry belle still has a thin bulb growing out of the soil when I have already planted them for 3 weeks
08 Mar 20, Another gardener (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It says 5-7 weeks to grow, maybe they need a little longer to produce round radishes. Could also be the long thin radishes, mix up of seeds. I have grown radishes for 40 + years, but only recently found better to grow into the winter. I'm about to try something a bit different. I'm going to dig the soil up a bit then pat it down a little then plant the seeds and cover with a thin layer of soil. Sometimes in loose soil the radishes grows and then heavy rain packs the soil a bit and the radishes are sticking out of the ground and they form a long small sausage shape.
01 May 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I notice radish love compost
22 Dec 19, Madison (Australia - temperate climate)
This is my first time growing radishes, and I found that most of the leaves had been eaten through or had tough brown/yellow streaks. I believe it may be some sort of disease or they have been attacked by pests.
27 Dec 19, Another gardener (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
when it is wet and rainy the bugs and insect breed more, or that is their breeding time. I'm sub tropical and I try to grow radishes March to Oct. I'm finding I grow the best radishes late autumn winter. And try and have the soil a bit firm when planting radishes. I find if the radish has germinated and is growing and the soil is then compacted a bit by rain/watering you end up with radishes that look like a number 8 instead of a nice circle round.
11 Oct 19, Danny (New Zealand - temperate climate)
why are my radish going to seed? Have very big top and no radish.. have done for about 3 years .
14 Oct 19, anon (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
If they have very big leafy tops you are over fertilising BIG TIME. Plant radish after a leafy crop so that a lot of the N has been used. My experience is to grow radish into winter -sub tropical.
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I have grown them for 40+ years and I think it has to do with watering and weather. Better grown into/in the winter - a more even growing conditions - smaller variation of temp and water in the soil. If grown in the hotter weather they can dry out a bit and I think this makes them hotter. Try and grow quickly. Pick as soon as they reach the required size. They will keep in the fridge for weeks.

- Mike

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