Japanese radish

Raphanus sativus | Also known as: Daikon radish, Radish | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

If you relish a radish they're easy to grow. They'll be ready just five weeks after you sow,

Raphanus sativus or radish is a popular root vegetable, grown and eaten all over the world. The word raphanus is Greek for 'quickly appearing' and refers to how fast these plants germinate. They have leafy tops and a round bulbous root. It is this root that we eat, delicious eaten raw, sliced into a salad. The size and colour differs from variety to variety but they're most often a vivid bright red-pink colour. Radishes grow best in light soil with lots of sunshine. Pests can be a problem with the leaves, but it's not much of an issue as it won't affect the roots.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.2
Spread [m]
  • 0.2
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Irregular
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z8-11
Heat zone
  • H7-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -12 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 90
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Vegetables & herbs
  • Vegetables
Grown for
  • Culinary use
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Outdoor food
Garden type
  • Kitchen garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • Less than one year
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