Raphanus raphanistrum subs. sativus (25 days) Open-pollinated. Named for the large showy wildflower that is listed as “of concern” in the Native Plant Protection Act, this is one Lady Slipper you can uproot with abandon. We’ve been on the trail of a good pink radish for years, but not quite finding the right one in our trials until now. Pink Lady Slipper has the beauty of a soft rosy-pink color combined with bright white flesh that is crisp and mild. “Consistent, quick, good at all sizes, and so much prettier than plain ol’ red rounds!” opines John McGarry of Muck and Mystery Farm in Providence, RI. The oblong plump roots, blunt at the tip and with a small taproot, hold longer than others without cracking or getting soft and pithy. Stays crisp for weeks after harvest. ②
2230 Pink Lady Slipper
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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.