One of the fastest growing edibles, radishes can be harvested in as little as three weeks after sprouting. They are often used to mark rows of vegetables that take longer to sprout, like carrots and parsnips.
Relatives of the cole crops, some radishes can be planted towards the end of summer and stored in cold holding. These varieties have a longer time to maturity, or DTM. All other varieties can be planted in early spring and again in the fall, as they do not like hot weather.
Radishes also vary in size, color and flavor. Note all varieties listed here are either heirloom or open pollinated.
|Cherry Belle||Red w/ white flesh||Small round||21 days||Bright color|
|White Icicle||White||4-6" icicle shape||30||Crisp and mild|
|Formosa||White||Oval 8-10" long||85-100||Good storage|
|Purple Plum||Purple w/ white flesh||Small round||28 days|
|German Giant||Red||Baseball size||29||Large size without cracking|
|Easter Egg||Assorted colors||small round||28||Fun for kids & adults|
|Hailstone||White||Small globe||25||aka White Button|
|Green Meat||Green & white skin with green flesh||10" icicle shape||50 days|
|Nero Tondo||Black w/ white flesh||Large round||50 days||Good storage|
|Chinese White Winter Radish||White||Cylindrical 6-8"||60 days||Good storage Daikon|
Along with personal experience, we have learned much from gardening websites and seed catalogs. We would like to thank Mike at AveragePersonGardening.com, Johnny’s Select Seeds, Baker Creek, Victory Seeds, St. Clare Heirloom Seeds, Kitazawa Seeds, and Seed Savers Exchange. These are all wonderful sources for these radish varieties.