How to Grow Radishes

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Raphanus sativus

Don't believe good things come in small packages? Radishes are nutritional powerhouses. And talk about a burst of flavor!

Hardiness: Annual.

Planting advice: Plant seeds 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep; thin seedlings to 1 inch apart (2 to 4 inches for winter radishes). In summer, sow a crop of winter radishes, which take longer to mature and last longer in storage.

Harvest tips: Matures in 22 to 28 days; 52 to 70 days for winter varieties. Harvest when the roots are less than 1 inch in diameter, larger for winter varieties.

Radishes don't keep very long, except for winter varieties, which store well for several months if kept cool and moist.

Recommendations: Champion, Easter Egg (various colors), Snow Belle (white), icicle (white, narrow and tapered), China Rose and Tama Hybrid (white, winter).

Source: Birds & Blooms "Grow Veggies for Less"