Raphanus raphanistrum subs. sativus (60 days) Open-pollinated. This unique selection from a hybrid came about as a happy accident when Fedco first started growing seed crops. We were new to seed saving and missed that we were working with a hybrid, meaning the seed we grew would not be true to type. We ended up with a strain that has two happy variations: about half have light greenish-tan outer skins and light green stems and leaf veins, the remainder medium-rose outer skins, rose stems and leaf veins.
The round roots of both types have the characteristic rose flesh, the ones with the darker skins having darker and more pungent hearts. Both are fine tasting and good looking, with plenty of spiciness, a rich sweet vegetable undertone and no harsh sharpness. Will grow as large as a big beet if given sufficient space. For autumn crops; a good keeper. ①
About 2,100-2,900 seeds/oz.
Culture: Winter radishes are slower-growing than the quick summer kind. Many grow deeper roots than summer radishes, often cylindrical in shape. Use wire hoops and row cover to keep out flea beetles. Thin to 6" apart. They hold much longer than summer radishes but if they start to bolt, pinch off the tops. Ideal in late September and October from an early August planting, and can be stored for winter in a root cellar like carrots and beets in slightly moistened sand or layered in damp raked leaves.
Days to maturity are from date of seeding
Disease: FY: Fusarium Yellows
Note: We cannot ship packets greater than ½ oz. (14 grams) of radishes into the Willamette Valley. The State of Oregon prohibits shipping any commercial quantity of untreated Brassica, Raphanus or Sinapis due to quarantine
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.
Our Seeds are Non-GMO
All of our seeds are non-GMO, and free of neonicotinoids and fungicides. Fedco is one of the original companies to sign the Safe Seed Pledge.