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Radish

Raphanus raphanistrum ssp. sativus

Also known as

Radish, Radys (Afr.), Watermelon Radish, Shinrimei Radish, Rooseheart, Red Meat, Waatlemoen Radys (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

6a-11b

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20cm

Max

20cm

15cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

This plant has no fragrance

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Overview

Radish is a quick and easy growing root vegetable with a bright red-purple colour and good flavour. The crisp, sweet flesh does not get pithy, and is very hardy, growing in most gardens. The bright colouring makes a colourful addition to any dish! Radishes are edible globular roots attached to thin stems and wavy green leaves. The flesh is tender-crisp, succulent and firm. Its flavour is mild, only slightly peppery with some sweet notes. Eaten fresh or cooked, they pair well with fennel, apple, cheeses such as feta and chèvre, butter, creamy based dressings, vinaigrettes, bacon, white fish, cucumbers, mild salad greens, cooked eggs, noodles such as soba and udon, citrus, cilantro, mint and tarragon.

Common problems

Pest populations can be reduced by using a row cover.

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

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

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

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.

Uses

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.

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