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Growing Radish - Home Gardening 

Radish planting

How to plant Radish from seeds:

  • It’s best to plant radish seeds directly in the garden so as not to disturb their roots

  • Directly sow seeds outdoors ½ to 1 inch deep and 1 inch apart in rows 12 inches apart.

  •  As they germinate, thin the successful seedlings to about 2 inches (5 cm) apart, allowing more space for bigger varieties

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Radish after 20 days

How to irrigate Radish:

  • Radish may be irrigated at 7 days interval during winter and 2 days interval during summer

  • Keep soil evenly moist but not waterlogged.

  • A drip irrigation system is a great way to achieve this. 

  • Putting a thin layer of mulch around the radishes can help retain moisture in dry conditions.

  • Keep the radish beds moist, but not soaked.

  • Watering radishes frequently and evenly will result in quick growth;

  • if radishes grow too slowly, they will develop a hot, woody taste.

  • If the soil is too dry, radishes will bolt and become pithy and too pungent to eat. If too wet, the roots will split and rot.

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Radish after 30 days

How to care for Radish:

  • Thin radishes to about 2 inches apart when the plants are a week old.

  • Crowded plants do not grow well.

  • Add compost to the radish bed as desired to help retain moisture

  • An overly rich soil will encourage lush foliage at the expense of crisp, tasty roots.

  • Radishes are vulnerable to several types of insect pests, including cutworm, aphids, flea beetles and root maggots.

  • Using organic pesticide and insecticide will keep insects away from the plants and will help prevent infestations.

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Radish in the garden

Harvesting Radish:

  • Radishes will be ready to harvest quite rapidly, as soon as three weeks after planting for some varieties.

  • For most varieties, harvest when roots are approximately 1 inch in diameter at the soil surface. Pull one out and test it before harvesting the rest!

  • Do not leave radishes in the ground long after their mature stage; their condition will deteriorate quickly.

  • Cut the tops and the thin root tail off, wash the radishes, and dry them thoroughly. Store in plastic bags in the refrigerator.

  • Radish greens can be stored separately for up to three days.

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