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Brooklyn, NY
May 7, 2020 11:52 AM CST
HALP! I don't think my radishes are supposed to look like this... I didn't think they were supposed to have a stem that long. I planted the about an inch down and I thought they had plenty of light...
The stems are about 3" long beneath the leaves.
Any thoughts would be appreciated- I've never grown radishes before. I want to know what I did wrong before trying again....

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Milpitas, CA
May 7, 2020 12:52 PM CST
They got long because they needed more sun, sooner. It's ok.

The one on the left has a nice short stem. That's what you want. Don't fret, give them plenty of sunlight, and let them continue to grow. Radishes are harvest for their root-ball anyways. Next time, check every morning and every night for sprouts. And when you see sprouts, put them in sun, or in a spot where they will get sun.

If they sprout at night, put them in a cool (50-60 F) place. This will slow them down, so they don't get leggy overnight.
Name: Paula Benyei
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
May 7, 2020 3:02 PM CST
That was good advice. It's definitely sun. Depending on your potting mix, it's not a bad idea to fertilize once they start to grow their second set of leaves, but it won't help unless you have bright full sun.
Radishes need direct full sun. Do you have somewhere outside to plant them? Don't move them now, because Saturday will get down to 35 in NYC and you don't have time to harden them off..
I want to say it's nearly impossible to get enough good sun indoors for radish to produce enough to eat, but you can try.
Good news is radish like cooler temperatures than say cucumber or tomato, so it might be too late to get a decent crop this spring, you can plant them again, outside this time, last week of August, first week of September and harvest them in late October
The plural of anecdote is not data.
Brooklyn, NY
May 7, 2020 8:45 PM CST
Thanks guys! I have them under grow lights inside right now. I guess the light wasn't strong enough when they were sprouting. I'm trying again with the lights closer

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