Minowase Summer Cross No. 3 Daikon Radish
50 days. The 1 3/4 inch wide, 8-10 inch long uniform roots are white inside and out, super mild, sweet and juicy. Even kids love the crunchy mild flavor of this one! For a change of pace, try a salad made with equal amounts of thinly sliced Minowase radishes, bulb fennel and chopped parsley. Toss with lemon juice, olive oil and grated Parmesan cheese. Best sown from June through early August.
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|Soil Temp for Germ.||Days to Emergence||Seed Depth||Thin Plants To||Seed Spacing||Row Spacing||Min. Germ.||Seed Life||Seeds per gram||Fertilizer Needs|
|45-80°F||4-11||1/2"||1-2"||1/2"||8-12"||80%||4 years||≈ 80||Low|
Raphanus sativus Radishes are best sown in spring or late summer, maturing when days are shorter, sunlight weaker, and temperatures milder; though some varieties are better able to handle summer conditions. The mildly spicy roots, low in calories and rich in fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants, have good qualities as a digestive tonic or to clear the sinuses and ease sore throats. Anti-microbial properties made them a detoxifier in traditional medicine, and couple with high vitamin C for an immune boost. Don't discard the tops, as they are even denser with nutrients.
Days to maturity calculated from date of direct seeding.
• Prepare the bed by working compost into the top 2-3 inches of soil
• Needs consistant soil moisture due to shallow root systems
• Dry or crowded conditions will slow growth and make roots hot or pithy
• The season may be extended from February through October by sowing in cold frames or using row covers
• For extended harvests plant every two weeks
• Direct sow spring through early-summer, resume again in the the fall
• Three grams will sow 7-8 row feet
• It is essential to thin promptly when they form 2 true leaves
Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Flea beetles and Root maggots
• Insect control: Pyrethrin and row covers early in the season
Harvest & Storage
• Harvest while young before they split and become pithy, and remove tops before storing
• Let a few plants bolt and make a seed pod — green pods have a crunchy, mild radish flavor
• Store at 36°F and 100% relative humidity