Ready to start growing radishes? Radishes are one of the fastest growing vegetables you can grow out there. As we mentioned in the previous article, you can grow spring radishes, a kind of radish, in as short as four weeks. It’s quick lifespan makes growing radishes a rewarding project even for kids.
They are also an easy vegetable to grow. In fact, radishes are so easy that we even recommend beginner gardeners to start from a seed. So, if you have found the space to start growing radishes, go grab some radish seeds at your local garden store to start growing!
As you begin your journey to gardening consider some of these simple quick radish tips as you go from planting to harvest.
What kinds of radishes are there? There are two general kinds, spring and winter radishes. Although their names suggest when best to grow them, they can grow at any time of the year, as long as you grow them under 16 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit).
How much space do radishes need? Not much at all. You need as little as three inches (about 8 centimeters) in diameter and six inches (about 16 centimeters) in depth. That’s almost the size of a coffee cup.
Unsure where to grow radishes? You can grow them indoors or outdoors. The only conditions radishes need are sunlight and temperatures lower than 16 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit).
How can I keep my containers properly drained? If you are using containers like pots to grow radish, make sure to drill drainage holes into the containers. You can improve the container’s drainage by also adding one to two inches of small gravel or stones at the bottom of the container.
How do I plant radish seeds? Soften the soil as deep as six inches (about 16 centimeters), then plant the seeds half an inch (a little over 1 centimeter) under.
Within a week, your radishes should look like this image from Wikimedia
How often do I plant new seeds? Planting new seeds every two weeks can give you a constant supply of radishes. Just give each plant and seed an inch apart.
How many seeds should I plant? Remember to control your excitement for radishes; one seed is one radish. Start with planting two seeds for every day in the week you plan to eat a radish. Then adjust accordingly.
When do I thin my radishes? If you planted multiple seeds, thin out the radishes once it grows to about two inches (about 5 centimeters) tall. Pull out the shorter radish plans to make sure that each radish plant is an inch (a little under 3 centimeters) apart.
How do you know when your radishes needs extra attention? Yellowing leaves or different colored spots on the leaves. If you see these in your plant, here’s a simple troubleshooting guide to assist you.
How often do I water them? Radishes grow best under damp soil, not wet nor mucky. So a light sprinkle three times a week should do, more if it's sunny.
What else do I need to know about maintaining my radish plant? If you are growing radishes in a garden, make sure to weed the garden during one of your weekly watering sessions.
How long until the radish is ready for harvest? From seed, spring radishes take around four weeks to grow while winter radishes take eight to ten weeks.
Need to know if your radishes are ready for harvest? Once the radish starts appearing above the soil, it is ready for harvest. You can also harvest one plant and give it a try. If it's mildly peppery, then its ready.
How do I harvest the plant? Pull the entire plant out from the ground and cut off its leaves. Remember, the leaves are edible too.
Can I allow my radishes to continue growing after it’s ready? No, it’s best to harvest your radishes within a few days that you notice they are ready. As radishes continue to grow it will increasingly grow more bitter and feel more like eating a cork. Sometimes bigger isn’t better.
How long can I store radishes? Radishes can last for a week or two after harvest.
With all these simple tips you almost guarantee a successful life for your radishes. If you’re ready to start, jump right to your My Green Space app to set up your radish plant today!
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