A picture of a Winter Radish 'Dragon'

Winter Radish 'Dragon'

Raphanus raphanistrum ssp. sativus 'Dragon'

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

6a-11b

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20cm

Max

20cm

5cm

Min

5cm

50 days to reach maturity

Flowering

This plant has no fragrance

Winter Radish 'Dragon' Overview

Winter Radish 'Dragon' is an F1 hybrid that produces a long tapering root that is ready to harvest after 50 days. This variety is fully winter hardy making it ideal to sow in autumn for winter harvests. It's roots have a pink red skin with a white flesh.

Common problems with Winter Radish 'Dragon'

This variety is generally disease free but can be bothered by flea beetles that cause pinholes in the leaves which can reduce the growth rate and quality of radishes. Radishes can also be bothered by root maggots. Both pest's populations can be reduced by using a row cover.

Winter Radish 'Dragon' Companion Plants

Radishes can be useful as companion plants for many other crops, probably because their pungent odour deters such insect pests as aphids, cucumber beetles, tomato hornworms, squash bugs, and ants. They can also function as a trap crop, luring insect pests away from the main crop. Cucumbers and radishes seem to thrive when grown in close association with each other, and radishes also grow well with chervil, lettuce, peas, and nasturtiums. However, they react adversely to growing in close association with hyssop

How to harvest Winter Radish 'Dragon'

Harvest 3-5 weeks after sowing. Pick radishes any time after the tuber has developed but they will be larger if left in the ground. The tuber should be visible through the soil or you can brush some of the soil from the radish top to check the tuber.

How to propagate Winter Radish 'Dragon'

Seed

Sow seeds in early spring to early summer, and again from late summer, 12-15 cm apart and 10-15 mm deep. Germination takes 4-10 days. continue sowing every second week to have continuous supply.

Special features of Winter Radish 'Dragon'

Crop rotation

Do not plant rootcrops or cabbage family in the same spot, alternate with legume family or light feeders like salads first.

Pot plant

They can be grown in pots in a light potting mix. Provide the wide pot at lease 10 deep.

Other uses of Winter Radish 'Dragon'

Culinary

Medicinal

Vitamin C and other minerals.

Edible

The crunchy taproots are edible with a sweetly spicy flavour. They are great sliced or grated in salads and make beautiful garnishes.