Radish Growing Guide

All you need to know to grow successfully!

Plant Family:
Brassicaceae
Plant Type:
Annual

Square Foot Spacing:

16
Typical Season:
Full Season
Typical Zones Grown In:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Growing Difficulty:
Easy

Radishes are a root vegetable that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, including round, oblong, and white, red, or black. They have a crisp texture and a mildly spicy flavor that can range from mild to very hot, depending on the variety. Radishes are low in calories and high in vitamins C and B6, as well as potassium, folate, and fiber. They can be eaten raw in salads, sandwiches, and wraps, or cooked in soups and stews. Radishes are easy to grow and can be sown directly in the garden in early spring or fall. They prefer well-drained soil and consistent moisture, and can be harvested when they reach their desired size.

How to Grow Radish Organically

  1. Choose the right variety: There are many different types of radishes, each with its own flavor, size, and shape. Choose a variety that is suitable for your region and has a flavor profile that you prefer.
  2. Prepare the soil: Radishes prefer loose, well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter. Amend the soil with compost or well-rotted manure before planting.
  3. Plant the seeds: Sow radish seeds directly into the garden bed or container in early spring or fall. Plant the seeds 1/2 inch deep and 1 inch apart, then cover with soil and water well.
  4. Thin the seedlings: Once the radish seedlings have emerged, thin them to about 2 inches apart. This will allow the remaining plants to develop properly and avoid overcrowding.
  5. Water regularly: Radishes need consistent moisture to grow properly. Water them deeply and regularly, especially during dry spells.
  6. Fertilize sparingly: Radishes do not require a lot of fertilizer, but a light application of compost tea or a balanced organic fertilizer can help them grow more vigorously.
  7. Harvest: Radishes are ready to harvest in about 3-4 weeks after sowing. Pull them up gently by the leaves and enjoy them fresh!

Planting Guidelines

The following are general guides to follow. However, nothing is set in stone. Feel free to experiment!

How to Start:
Direct Sow
When to Direct Sow:
March, April, August, September, October
When to Start Indoors:
Sprouting Time:
5-7 days

Ideal Temperature (C):

4-24°C
Depth:
1.3 cm
Spacing (cm):
2 cms apart
Row Spacing (cm):
Sun Exposure:
Part Shade, Full Sun
Maturity Time:
24 days
When To Harvest:
January, March, February, April, May, June, July, August, September, October,November, December
How to Harvest:
Harvest roots once they begin to swell and push out of the soil

Health Benefits

Growing your own food is one of the best things you can do for your health. Let’s check out some of the health benefits!

Is It Edible?
Yes
Edible Parts:
Roots
Potential Health Benefits:
Nutrient Dense,Weight Loss,Cancer Fighting ,Digestive System,Antifungal

Tips to Growing Organically

Growing without the use of pesticides and herbicides is easier than you may think and it’s better for the environment!

Companion Plants:
Bean, Beet, Chervil, Cucumber, Lettuce, Mint, Parsnip, Pea, Spinach, Squash, Zucchini, Tomato
What Plants to Avoid:
Potato
Common Pests:
Root maggot and Flea bettle
Common Disease:
Bonus Grow Tips:
Radishes grow fast and can be grown year round! If you lack sun in the winter then it may be slower growth throughout those months or you can grow them indoor under a grow light!

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