DAIKON Radish -Japanese Minowase, Raphanus sativus (Open Pollinated) Asian Vegetable Biennial !
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- 500 Seeds -1.79
- 1,000 Seeds -2.95
- 1 oz, approx 2,500 Seeds-
- 4 oz approx 10,000 Seeds-
Radish Seeds - 'Japanese Minowase'
BOTANICAL NAME: Raphanus sativus
Huge, white, mildly pungent 18" roots with a 2" diameter. Daikons are juicy and crunchy for eating raw, cooking or for pickles. Daikon is generally planted in late summer as a fall crop but should be sown in spring when gardening below 40 degrees latitude. These deep rooting radishes are excellent for opening up heavy soil--unfazed by clay. Companion plants to garlic and leeks. All parts of the plant are edible.
Also known as daikon, this giant white radish grows up to 2 feet long. White and crisp, with a mild sweet flavor, this Japanese radish is both unusual and delicious. Ready to harvest in as few as 45 days, these roots can be stored for weeks.
Daikon Radishes look like carrots growing to lengths of 18 to 24 inches. Deer eat both the green top and the radish itself.
Use the radishes as a nurse crop as they are excellent in this food plot role as they add high nutrient organic matter to soil such as nitrogen, phosphorus, calcium, boron and sulfur as they die off in the winter and decompose rapidly.
Benefits Of Daikon Radishes in Food Plots
- Fast growing they will smother weeds
- Handles grazing pressure well - sprouts new growth quickly
- Protein levels in the top and root of better than 20%
- Radishes aerate and loosen compacted soil even heavy clay
WHEN TO PLANT: late summer/fall
Start as early as ground can be worked. Plant seeds 6" apart or broadcast carefully, covering with ¼" of fine soil firmly pressed down. They will mature in 8-12 weeks. Be sure to keep growing continuously and harvest when crowns are 1" or more in diameter. Daikons will not do well under drought conditions. Stagger planting for continuous harvest. Roots may grow over 1' long.
Harvest when crowns are 1" or more in diameter. Carfully remove them with a fork - as radishes are brittle. Cut tops 2" above the crowns, wash and refrigerate. Ideally store the roots at 32F and 95% humidity where they can be stored for 6-10 weeks.
or Forage Radish Seed For Food Plots
Rate: 10 - 15 lbs. per acre; If broadcasting into existing food plot use no more than 5 lbs. per acre
Date: Late August in Northern USA ; Early to mid September in the Southern USA
Do not plant in Spring as the radishes will germinate fast & can smother existing crops.
Harvesting Japanese Minowase Radish: Japanese Minowase radishes can be harvested at any time up to their mature length of 24", and keep their mild sweetness very well for up to 6 months.
Saving Japanese Minowase Radish Seeds: Radishes will cross pollinate with all other varieties of radish, and must be isolated by at least half a mile from other varieties to protect genetic purity. Allow the radish plant to fully mature and send up a flowering stalk; the pods will form and turn from green to brown. Pick the brown pods and allow them to dry for several days. Thresh out the seeds by opening the pods by hand, or by applying pressure to crush them. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place for up to five years.
Detailed Japanese Minowase Radish Info: Raphanus sativus. Also known as Daikon. Biennial. 45-50 days. 2,500 seeds per oz. 9-12" height. 2-3" spacing. Produces 2-3' long white skinned, oblong radishes with white flesh.