Raphanus raphanistrum subs. sativus (24 days) F-1 hybrid. Just as Tchaikovsky fell in love with the crystalline sound of the celesta keyboard and wrote “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” we’ve been swooning over round red Celesta and its sparkling crisp bite with mild melting tender white flesh. The short tops are quite sturdy for bunching, idyllic picking and munching. With just a kiss of zing to perk its exquisite texture, this radish is indeed heaven sent. While heat and drought are never a radish’s friend, Celesta performed admirably and stayed tasty even in Maine’s dry August–September 2020. Dropped by our supplier—last chance on this variety!④
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About 1,800-3,200 seeds/oz.
A favorite for children’s gardens because quick and easy to grow with minimal fertility requirements.
Culture: Summer radishes may be sown almost as soon as the ground can be worked. Minimum germination temperature 40°, optimal range 55–85°. They emerge rapidly and grow quickly. Sow 1-2" apart, and thin to at least 2" for attractive uniform roots. Use row cover to protect from flea beetles. They develop more pungency in dry heat than in cool moist weather. Ready for harvest at about the size of a quarter and will rapidly get woody if allowed to grow much larger
Culinary: Parboil the greens and roots separately, then eat them together as very early spring salad. And the pot liquor, mmmm…
Days to maturity are from date of seeding
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 due to quarantine
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.