An adorable Daikon radish with a mild, carrot-like flavor makes it a great ingredient in salads! Low-calorie radish, rich in vitamin C, potassium and folic acid, magnesium. The leaves contain beta-carotene, calcium, and iron. Use roots to feed rabbits, goats, cows and pigs, and tops for chickens!
Planting radishes in your field is an excellent "bio-drilling" that improves water penetration and allows nutrients from the surface to penetrate the root canals. In addition, biodrilling cover crops such as fodder radishes can be an alternative to expensive deep loosening to soften the soil.
How to grow Daikon Radish from seeds:Sowing: For a good yield, plant the Daikon in loose, well-drained soil with a pH of 5.8–6.8. Make natural beds and sponge the soil. Sow 10 seeds per foot, thinning 4-6" apart, rows 18 inches apart.
Growing of Daikon: Radish is hygrophilous and loves organic fertilizers. Do not lеt the soil dry out, but also avoid over-watering as this can cause splitting.
How and When to Harvest Daikon Radish: The Daikon radish variety is brittle and fragile. Use a garden pitchfork to harvest or gently undermine and lift the roots. Trim the tops 2" above the crowns and rinse to store your radishes in the refrigerator. Store in fridge at 32°F (0°C) and 95% relative humidity for 6–10 weeks.
Daikon's Seed Saving: Radishes are cross-pollinated with all other radish varieties and should be isolated half a mile from different types. When the radishes are fully ripe and have a flowering stem, wait for the pods to form and turn brown. Dry the pods for a few days, thresh the seeds. Store radish seeds in a cool, dry place for five years.
FAST FACTS:Latin Name: Raphanus sativus var. Longipinnatus
Type: Open Pollinated, Heirloom, Cool Season
USDА Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
SEEDS/LB.: 23,400–51,500 (avg. 38,600)
Planting Method: Direct Sow
Sunlight: Full Sun
Height: 10-20 Inches