P2P Masthead 

             Home Getting Started Resources Search this site Vegetables Fruit Herbs Edible Flowers

 


 Visit our New Gardening Blog

Growing Radish

How to grow Radish in garden beds, containers, pots  and allotments

Radish

 

Family/Latin Name

Brassicaceae - Raphanus sativus

Type of Plant

Brassica - Crop Rotation Group = Brassicas

Suitable for

Garden Beds, Containers, Pots, Allotments


Pests & Diseases    Companion Plants    In the Kitchen

See also:-  Vegetable Growing Glossary  |    Container Growing  | Buying Seeds & Plants

 

Plant Dimensions

Height up to 15cm/6"  - Spread up to 15cm/6"

Yield per Plant
Yield per 1.5m/5ft row
1 Radish
2.2kg/5lb

Time between sowing and harvesting

3-8  weeks

Where to Sow

Outdoors in open ground or in containers

Sowing time

Summer Varieties - Late March to July  - temperature   +10C/50F. 

Winter Varieties - July - August

How to Sow

12mm/½" deep - very thinly -  in rows 15cm/6" apart or in groups/blocks. Successive sowing is recommended to prevent a glut. Sow a few seeds every 2 weeks.

After Germination

Thin to 2.5cm/1" apart. Protect from birds. Keep the soil moist but not very wet.

Growing on -  in Pots

Make sure plants are kept watered regularly. Avoid prolonged dry periods to prevent splitting.

Growing on- in open ground

As above

Aftercare

As above

Harvesting

Pull alternate plants as required to allow remaining globes to grow bigger These crop over 16-18 weeks. Winter Varieties can be harvested from October onwards.

Pests and Diseases

Companion Plants

Flea Beetle
Indications Young leaves have numerous little round holes. Seedlings may die or growth stunted
Treatment Organic
Water seedlings regularly during dry spells
Chemical
Spray with Pyrethrum
Prevention Organic
1. Sow early to miss most severe attacks
2. Cover with garden fleece
3. Water seedlings regularly during dry spells
Chemical
Spray with Pyrethrum
Club Root
Indications Discoloured leaves which wilt in warm weather, swollen, solid galls on roots
Treatment None - lift and burn diseased plants
Prevention Organic
1. Lime plot where you intend growing brassicas
2. Do not grow brassicas in the same place for 2-3 years (crop rotation)
3. Make sure the site is well drained
Caterpillars
Indications Holes in leaves or much of the leaf eaten away in severe cases
Treatment Organic
Inspect plants regularly and pick off eggs or caterpillars. The caterpillars like to lie right next to the veins of leaves, sometimes making them difficult to find
Chemical
Spray with a pesticide containing Fenitrothion
Prevention 1. Try growing crops under a net which will prevent the butterflies/moths getting to the plant to lay their eggs
2. Pick off and destroy eggs as soon as you see them to prevent them from hatching
Cabbage Root Fly
Indications Stunted growth especially seedlings. Discoloured wilted leaves. Roots are black and rotted with maggot damage and tunnelling and white maggots present
Treatment Organic
None
Chemical
None
Prevention 1. Grow crops under a tent of fleece
2. Dispose of affected plants and practice crop rotation in future years

Companion Flower Graphic

 

 

Pea, Nasturtium, Lettuce, Cucumber

 

 

If you know aphids are a problem in your area, grow flowers such as nasturtiums, calendula asters,  dahlias, and zinnias nearby but not close to parsnips as aphids find them attractive so they act as a lure.

Create a bio-diverse environment by planting flowers nearby to attract bees, ladybirds and other "friendlies". 

 

To learn more about companion planting click here.

 

In the Kitchen

Storage: Twist off the leaves. Wash, place in a plastic bag and store for up to 2  weeks  in the refrigerator

Preparing:  Twist off leaves and trim the tapering root if present. Wash well - no need to peel summer varieties however large winter roots should be peeled before cooking.

Cooking:  Summer varieties are usually eaten raw, however winter varieties can be cooked. They are good served with a sauce such as parsley sauce or merely tossed in melted butter.

 

Boil

Thick Slices  =    10  minutes

Fry/Sauté

Slices  =  Stir fry 5- 10 minutes

For more preparation and cooking information about radish plus lots of  recipes visit our sister site www.recipes4us.co.uk.

Private Privacy  |  About Us  |  Contact Us  |  Links 

 

This Web Site was designed and created by Pots2Plots. Copyright © 2009 to date [Pots2plots] All rights reserved.

 Some Photos ©  www.fotolia.co.uk