How to Grow White Radishes (Daikon)
Instruction & Advice for Growing White Radish Plants
in Your Vegetable Garden
This vegetable is an Asian form of radish, often called daikon. Daikon (White Radish) is a member of the mustard family. It is enjoyed from the garden namely for its root. However, the leaves, stems, seed pods and seedlings can also be eaten. White Radish can grow to 3 feet tall.
Gardening Advice Tip: White Radish can perform well in container gardening, if provided enough room for the roots to grow adequately.
Be careful when weeding. Even the slightest damage to the roots (by pulling out nearby weed roots too roughly) can introduce plant disease.
Also, white radish tends to bolt in warm temperatures. Select a variety that is well suited for your gardening climate.
Daikon / White Radish is a cool weather crop. It’s ideal temperature is about 68 degrees (F). It prefers somewhat shaded, moist, rich soil.
Also, if left to flower, daikon can grow to three feet tall. Keep this in mind, when planning your garden, so not to block sun from sun-loving plants nearby.
White Radish prefers shady moist pots and rich well-drained soil. The root shape is formed by how friable (loose & crumbly) the soil is. It will grow the best in well-worked, composted, friable garden soil.
Plant the seeds thinly at a depth of about ¾”. When seedlings appear (approx. 10 days), thin to the specifications given by your supplier for your white radish variety. As the plants grow, hill garden soil up around the stems.
Important: water evenly and do not let soil dry out. When plants approach maturity, reduce watering so the roots don’t split.
Reuse last year’s fertilized bed from a different crop.
Pests that may enjoy dining on your white radish crop: aphids, cabbage butterfly, nematodes, and black beetles.
Also, avoid plant diseases, by keeping the garden bed for white raddish weed free. (Root damage can invite plant diseases.)
Gardening Tip: Practice good vegetable gardening by rotating your crops within your garden space with each new season. This will prevent many plant diseases.
You can harvest white radish at any point, taking what's needed, and leaving the rest of the crop to grow. Pull the whole plant from the ground.
Daikon / White Radish grows to maturity in approximately 2 months. The roots are generally considered mature when they're about 8” long.
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