The Q&A Archives: No Radishes

Question: Every year we plant radishes and every year all we get is leaves and no radishes. Everything else in the garden grows well. Is there a problem with the soil or too much moisture?

Answer: Try planting radishes earlier in the season. They do best in cool weather; many varieties will produce small, very pungent roots in hot weather. If you want to plant in the heat of summer, choose a variety like 'Cherry Bomb', described as "highly heat resistant". Also, fall-type radishes, like 'Salad Rose' needs the shortening day lenghts of fall to stimulate it to produce enlarged roots. They may not produce at all during the long days of summer.<br><br>Radishes are usually pretty reliable, so I would try the earlier sowing, and perhaps try a different variety this year.<br>

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