The Main Plant entry for Radishes (Raphanus sativus)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Vegetable
Pollinators: Flies

Common names
  • Radish

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  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 21, 2013 12:05 AM concerning plant:
    "Radishes grow best in full sun and light, sandy loams with pH 6.5–7.0. They are in season from April to June and from October to January in most parts of North America; in Europe and Japan they are available year-round due to the plurality of varieties grown.

    Summer radishes mature rapidly, with many varieties germinating in 3–7 days, and reaching maturity in three to four weeks. Harvesting periods can be extended through repeated plantings, spaced a week or two apart.

    As with other root crops, tilling the soil to loosen it up and remove rocks helps the roots grow. However, radishes are used in no-till farming to help reverse compaction.

    Most soil types will work, though sandy loams are particularly good for winter and spring crops, while soils that form a hard crust can impair growth. The depth at which seeds are planted affects the size of the root, from 0.4 inch deep recommended for small radishes to 1.6 inch for large radishes.

    Radishes serve as companion plants for many other species, because of their ability to function as a trap crop against pests like flea beetles. These pests will attack the leaves, but the root remains healthy and can be harvested later.

    Radishes are rich in ascorbic acid, folic acid, and potassium. They are a good source of vitamin B6, riboflavin, magnesium, copper, and calcium. One cup of sliced red radish bulbs provides approximately 20 cal, largely from carbohydrates."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

Plant Events from our members
NikkiGerena On July 10, 2017 Harvested
NikkiGerena On June 9, 2017 Plant emerged
NikkiGerena On June 2, 2017 Seeds sown
NikkiGerena On May 28, 2017 Harvested
NikkiGerena On April 28, 2017 Plant emerged
NikkiGerena On April 26, 2017 Seeds germinated
NikkiGerena On April 24, 2017 Seeds sown
Kristine1212 On April 5, 2018 Plant emerged
Kristine1212 On March 30, 2018 Seeds sown
variegatagal On May 7, 2020 Maintenance performed
Mulched shade bed
variegatagal On April 30, 2020 Transplanted
variegatagal On April 3, 2020 Seeds germinated
variegatagal On March 31, 2020 Seeds sown
variegatagal On March 5, 2020 Obtained plant
Baker Creek Heirloom Seed
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