Flowering radishes? - Knowledgebase Question

Hortonville, Wi
Question by lko73
June 23, 2010
The radishes we planted in our garden have grown to approx. 2 ft. in height and are flowering, but the radishes remain small. I have been told the plants are going to seed and can't be saved. What causes this to happen and is it true the plants are ruined?

Answer from NGA
June 23, 2010


It's true, once the radishes begin to flower all the stored energy in the root will be used up to produce flowers and seeds. Radishes can bolt (develop flowers) when they are left in the ground too long or if the weather gets too hot. You can try planting your radishes again. Find a spot that gets morning sun and afternoon shade (to promote development of the roots without encouraging flowering). Best wishes with your garden!

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