Every year my radishes (Raphanus sativus) sprouted. Every year they grew beautiful green foliage. End of story. As you can tell from the photos, this year was fulfillment. Break open the champagne and strike up the hallelujah chorus: it's time to celebrate! I was so excited to document the proof that I didn't even wash them before their photo shoot.
This is the only plant that I refused to give up on. I was going to grow radishes one way or another. I am not sure what did the trick this year, but here is my experience, failure by failure.
- After successive seasons sans radishes (in truth, I would eek out maybe two or three from the batch):
- I tried a different variety, moving from Cherry Belle to Champion for the next two years. It was not a champ.
- From there, I moved to Japanese white icicle radishes. The seed companies got richer.
- I read that radishes bolted when the weather got hot. So, I planted early. Instead of 30 days, they took 60 days to mature (again in warm weather).
- I tried slow release fertilizer next year.
- I read that they should not be fertilized, so I left off all fertilizer and soil amendments.
- I read they need more sun than my back garden might be providing, so I moved them to the side garden with lots of sun.
- I read they can't have too much water, so I did not water them when the weather became dry.
- This year, I tried them in the front cottage flower garden, and got radishes.
For The Record:
Variety: Crimson Giant
Drained, fairly good loose soil
Some slug (or flea beetle) damage to foliage
Blooming: Echinacea, nicotiana, coreopsis, peony poppy, geranium, cactus, asiatic lily
Harvested: 5 radish