If you’re thinking about growing radishes into your plot, but don’t know how to do in a right way? In this article, you will find out detailed on planting, growing and harvesting radishes.
Radishes are one of the crispy, colorful, and popular addition to vegetable trays or salads. The good thing about Radishes is that they grow very quickly, even in some cases it only take less than three weeks to get mature.
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It is basically a cool season vegetable, but can be planted in both the fall and the spring. This vegetable can produce numerous crops every season because of its quick day’s maturity.
Radishes contains lots of good nutrients and it has many health benefits also like, it prevents Prostate, Lungs and Breast cancer as other cruciferous vegetables.
Types of Radishes
There are two types of radishes- Winter radishes and spring radishes. The Champion Burpee White, Cherry Bomb, and Crimson Giant belong to crunchy spring varieties and should be planted in fresh spring to grow as speedily as possible in cool weather if you’re expecting best quality and production.
The Champion Burpee White, Cherry Bomb, and Crimson Giant belong to crunchy spring varieties and should be planted in fresh spring to grow as speedily as possible in cool weather if you’re expecting best quality and production.
The Long Black Spanish and China Rose belong to winter radish variety and needs extending growing time. These types of radishes are highly superior in comparison to spring one’s and keep the quality in the garden for a long time, keep better and have a unique flavor.
Growing radishes are very easy and as gardeners, If you’re wondering too about growing radishes into your plot, then start reading the detailed guide from the step one discusses in upcoming lines:
Planting of the Radishes
- You can plant radishes 5-6 weeks before the median date of the last frost after age organic and manure fertilizer has been worked into the soil.
- Directly plant seeds of the radishes one to two inches deep and 4-6 inches for the larger winter types.
- Try to maintain the spacing of 2-inch or above, if you want Radishes to grow well.
- Radishes require sunlight. If they’re planted in excessive shade or in the area where surrounding plants in vegetable shade them? In this situation, the Radishes will not grow well because they will consume all the energy in composing larger leaves.
- If possible, try to follow 3-year crop rotation strategy.
- Try to plant Radishes continuously every 2 weeks or so the climate is still nippy for a consecutive radish harvest.
What Radishes Require
- Radishes need well-drained soil with steady moisture. Try to keep the planting area soil moist and not the waterlogged.
- When Radishes are one week old, try to thin them about one inch apart. You will get a smile on the face at the time of results.
Pests/Disease that can affect the growth of the Radishes
- Clubroot – Common disease of the plant belongs to the Brassicaceae like radishes, stocks, turnips, wallflower and more.
- Cabbage Root Maggot – 5-7 mm long humpbacked brown-gray files. Its larva can seriously destroy the growth of the Radishes.
Harvest and Storage of Radishes
- Radishes grow very fast and one can harvest them after three week time period of planting.
- Don’t leave the Radishes in the ground for a long time after their mature stage, because their condition will decay rapidly.
- After harvesting the Radishes, cut the top off, wash them and then try them wholly. Once done, keep them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
- You can also keep the Radish greens for up to 2-3 days.
Recommended Varieties of Radishes
- Rat Tail Radish Pods, these are very tasty.
- Burpee While, it is spring variety of Radish and has white skin.
- The French Breakfast is one of the Radish varieties with late maturity and it works fine in the mild heat.
Suggestion about Radish Seeds
If you have seeds of the Radish plant which are five years old, then not to worry, you can also plant them, chances are that not all of them may not germinate, but you will happy to see the results.
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I hope you find our detailed guide on growing Radishes. Let me know your thoughts or queries in the comments.