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Radiant Radishes

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If you’re a no-fuss gardener, then you’ll love delicate, spicy radishes. These rainbow-colored jewels range in size from just an inch to 12 inches or more, and they’re a star garnish on the fanciest of dinner plates. Radishes (Raphanus sativus) are annual plants…  READ MORE right arrow
Norann Oleson, Editorial Director of Food Gardening Network
Radishes (Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. sativus) are a fast-growing root vegetable that can be consumed in whole, from the roots to the leaves. They belong to the family Brassicaceae, a mustard family of flowering plants that also includes bok choy, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli. Radishes are crunchy, mild to…  READ MORE right arrow
Freshly harvested radishes


Gardener holding two varieties of freshly harvested radishes
Radishes come in a large range of lengths, shapes, sizes, and colors that span the spectrum of red, pink, yellow, white, and even grey or black. Their roots can be rounded or long, and they can be quite small or grow even larger than carrots and parsnips.  READ MORE right arrow
Gardening hand sowing radish seeds
Radishes are easily sown directly in soil outside. There is no need to sow them indoors in pots because you can plant them before the last frost, and because they grow so quickly that you’ll be able to grow many rounds before the season is over…  READ MORE right arrow
Radishes growing in the garden sunlight
Radishes don’t like the heat. The only heat-resistant radishes are summer radishes, such as Rover, French Breakfast, Icicle, and Sora. These radishes can all withstand warmer temperatures, but even they will be adversely affected by hot, dry summer weather. Radishes should be planted in full…  READ MORE right arrow

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