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Radish Raphanus sativus

Heirloom radishes are as easy to grow as modern varieties. Sow thinly in drills 3cm deep and 6cm apart, or sow in modules and plant out once there are three true leaves. They are fairly hardy, so you can either start them under protection in January/February, or outside in March. Flea beetles may be a problem, so if you want to avoid ‘holey’ leaves, cover the sowings with fleece. Only grow one variety to seed at a time as they cross-pollinate readily.

Rat's Tail

This Radish variety often attracts curious comments as it is grown for its long edible seedpods rather than its roots. Thrives in hot weather. First mentioned in this country in Carter and Son’s Vade Mecum of 1868, which stated, “It is a native of Java where it is known under the name ‘Mongri’ or snake radish, and is much used in some parts of India for salading etc.”. HSL Member Mary McGee Wood says, “A distinctive, tasty and versatile vegetable. The plants will reach a height of 1m or more, flowers, pure white or veined with purple, setting to yield 30-40 pods per plant, more if picked often. The pods grow up to 20-25cm in length, but are better picked at about half that size while still tender. Their strong, tangy, peppery flavour will lift salads, sandwiches and stir-fries and they are excellent pickled”.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

Round Red Forcing Real

This radish can be used for winter and spring production under heated or cold glass. As the name suggests, it produces round, red radishes which grow to a decent size without getting ‘woody’. Seed Guardian Ann Rutter says of it, “good, sweet, crunchy and reliable”.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.


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