Radishes Producing Pods - Knowledgebase Question

Indianapolis, IN
Question by becky48
June 23, 1998
What are the pods that are growing on the stems of the radish plant and when will the radishes be ready to pick?


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Answer from NGA
June 23, 1998

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I'm afraid that if there are pods on the stems of the radishes, they're likely way past ripe! What you describe sound like radish seed pods. Did you notice that any tiny white or pink flowers preceded the pods? Once radishes bloom, the quality of the root deteriorates. The nice part about radishes is that the grow quickly - they can be ready to eat in as little as 22 days, as in the case of 'Cherry Belle'. I suggest that you try again, and after they plants have grown for 20 days, pull a few to see how they look. You'll be able to judge harvest time by the appearance and flavor of these "samples". If you want, you can let the seed pods on your current crop ripen, then plant the ripened seed to see what you get! Have fun!

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