Watermelon Radish is a colorful heirloom from China, also known as Chinese Red Meat Radish, is very sweet and crisp. The root of this large radish has a creamy white and green exterior and beautiful red to pink flesh. Adds great color to salads and stir-fries. Best to grow these in cool weather and pick while young. Start in the very early spring as they will stay in the ground longer than the typical globe radishes. In cooler climates, seed in the mid to late summer to harvest in the fall.
Planting and Care: Directly seed into rich well-amended soil in full sun as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring. Repeat every two weeks except during hot weather. Germination temperature: 45-85 deg. Water regularly and thin to 4”. Fertilize when seedlings reach the 4 leaf stage. Approximately 3,000 seeds/oz., 200 seeds/2 gm pkt.
Harvest: Pull individual roots when young and mild and about 3” (75mm) across giving the remainder room to grow.
Your Health: Radishes are good sources of Vitamin C, folic acid and potassium as well as other minerals.
Light Full sun/Part Shade
Seed Depth 1/4-1/2 ” / 6-12mm
Seed Spacing 1-2” / 24-48 mm
Row Spacing 12-18”/31-46cm
Days to Sprout 4-10
Plant Spacing 4”/10cm
Days to Maturity 30-40
Net Wt per packet: 2 gm, approx. 200 seeds
Watermelon Radishes like to be planted with beets, bush beans, pole beans, carrots, chervil, cucumbers, lettuce, melon, nasturtium, parsnip, peas, spinach and any members of the squash family. Radishes should not be planted with hyssop, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and turnips.