Growing Radish

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Radish in Australia - tropical 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
  • Cherry radish
  • 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

26 Jun 21, Jane (Australia - tropical climate)
I'm growing radishes for the first time.Tasty! What does 'they will mark the rows' mean? Thanx.
29 Jun 21, Kasy in SE WI (USA - Zone 5a climate)
Radish will mark the row next door if planted next to some other seeds that come up in more days than radishes. For example if you plant __?__ veggie that comes up in 10 days, next to a row of radishes, the radishes will come up certainly by day 2 ( all things present as to sunlight and water). That mean the ?? veggie will be along side and in next row but not until day 10. That way you know not to plant something else in row space next to radishes. Neat trick I never thought of. Wish I had marked my lettuce groups with one radish seed in middle.
29 Jun 21, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
They are talking about planting radish with other seeds to mark the row. Like a couple of radish between two lettuce seeds/plants. Radish will germinate in 2-5 days to show where the others are planted. I suggest you do a thin line of radish.by itself. Plant the other seeds in a different row. What I do now is have soil nice and fine and level, pat it down a bit., then plant seeds in a thin row - pinch a few seeds in your fingers and wriggle your fingers to release a seed or two at a time. Then cover the seeds with seed raising mix or fine potting mix. Try and keep the seeds shaded until they germinate. Keep the plant area moist all the time.
02 Oct 21, Selina (Australia - temperate climate)
This is great advice for a beginner. Thanks.
31 Aug 20, Kishinchand Chellaram (Australia - temperate climate)
HI, I planet white radish , the laves where the green leaves where long and well but the radish was very thin like a stick very thin . so what is the reason? thanks
03 Sep 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have grown Daiken and White Hailstone radishes the last couple of years and find they have a far bigger leaf top. As mentioned too much nitrogen probably. In the tropics and sub tropics more a autumn winter crop. Too much shade and they will not grow very well. A picket fence (on the north side of the garden) shading my radishes is enough to stop them from producing a crop.
01 Sep 20, Jon Hosford (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Radishes typically grow a long thin root with healthy leaves before filling out as the plant matures at about 6 weeks. There could be a number of reasons as to why your plants didn't mature: the soil was over rich in nitrogen fertilizer ( radishes prefer a modestly fertilised soil ); you may not have let them mature long enough before harvesting. Keep sowing the seed about 2 weeks apart for a continuous crop. In warm climates it is wise to grow radishes in between shady plants such as sweet corn. They do best in weather that is not too hot ( 20-25 celcius)
11 May 20, Noah (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I highly recommend radish to beginners as they are fun and easy to grow
22 May 20, karen (Australia - temperate climate)
I second that!
06 May 20, judith (Australia - temperate climate)
In Tasmania its late May and getting much cooler. My radish plants are quite vigorous but have no roots only leaves. Is this because its not warm enough.
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