Red Meat Watermelon Radish
Red Meat is an open pollinated radish often called watermelon radish. The unique white skin with attractive green shoulders and amazing dark pink smooth textured flesh is exceptionally mild with a touch of sweetness. Best sown in late summer to avoid bolting, for fall harvest of 2-4” ball shaped radish. Matures in 50 days. Approx. 350 sds/pkg.
Please note: size H-25g is available in Treated seed only.
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Begin sowing as soon as the ground can be worked. Radish does best in the spring and fall when the soil is cool (4-18 degrees C) and the days are short. Summer production of radish may not be as uniform. Sow 1⁄2 inches apart and 1⁄4 inches deep in rows 12-18 inches apart. Thin to approx. 35 plants/ft. Make successive sowings every 5-7 days to keep a constant supply of fresh radish all season. Note: Not suitable for spring planting, plant in late summer. For best quality, radishes need to grow fast and need to be harvested fast.
Requires full sun and pH of 6.0-7.0. Extremely light feeders; no special soil preparation is required. Sufficient water is essential as the faster the radish, the better the flavour. Plant radish in rows with slow germinating seeds like carrots, parsnip and beets to help break the soil and aid in the germination of the slower seeds.
Harvest as soon as roots reach a desired size, 20-25 days.
Pests & Diseases:
Flea beetles, small, shiny, hopping insects that leave small holes in the leaves. Avoid planting too early, use row covers or Rotenone dust to control insects. Also, planting with taller growing companions will help to hide the plants from insects.
Lettuce, bean, beet, carrot, parsnip, pea, spinach. Radish improves the flavour of lettuce.