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Rat-tail Winter Radish ECO

(50 days) Open-pollinated. Grown for its tangy seed pods, not its roots. William Woys Weaver called it “the Don Juan of radishes” because it so readily crosses with all others. Introduced from Japan in 1866-67 by James J.H. Gregory. Attracts butterflies and other pollinators, worth growing even if you don’t want to consume its pungent pods. Because they often grow as long as rat’s tails and almost as fibrous, garden writer Barbara Damrosch advises harvesting the pods at “skinny bean size like a French filet bean” for maximum tenderness. The immature purplish-green pods are a delicacy in India and Asia, adding a mustardy zing to salads, stir-fries and other dishes. When exposed to vinegar the purple pods turn a brilliant green that will bleed into a pickling brine and enhance the color of cucumber pickles. Mustard and radish plants will grow to 5' and branch out as they set seed, so give them plenty of room. Stake or trellis them for ease of picking; tomato cages work well. Your objective is not a small root, but a generous supply of pods. Especially attractive to pollinators.
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Winter Radishes

Culture: Winter radishes are slower-growing than the quick summer kind. Many grow deeper roots than summer radishes, often cylindrical in shape. Thin to 6" apart. They hold much longer than summer radishes but if they start to bolt, pinch off the tops. Ideal in September and October from an early July planting, and can be stored for winter.

Radishes

Raphanus sativus

⅛ oz packet sows 12½ ft; 1 oz sows 100 ft. Radishes average 2,500 seeds/oz.

Culture: Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimal range 55–85°, optimal temperature 85°. Emergence takes 11 days at 50°, only 4 days at 68°, 76% normal seedlings at 50°, 97% normal at 59°.

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 because of a quarantine to control Blackleg.