Thursday 5 May 2011


Characteristics: They are grown and consumed throughout the world. Radishes have numerous varieties, varying in size, color and duration of required cultivation time. There are some radishes that are grown for their seeds; oilseed radishes are grown, as the name implies, for oil production.
Radish varieties vary in size, color, shape, and taste --some are very pungent, while others are quite mild. Plant short-season or spring varieties in spring or fall, depending on local temperatures. Ideal growing temperature is 60 degrees F to 65 degrees F. Cooler or warmer weather results in harsher-tasting radishes. Plants will mature in 18 to 45 days, depending on variety. Plant winter types in the summer or fall, depending on the variety; they mature in 45 to 70 days.
Specific cares: The secret to good radishes is plenty of even moisture. They are a good starter crop for gardens and because they mature in 3 to 4 weeks, they are fun for children to raise. Plant in cool weather to avoid hot radishes and replant small crops every 2 to 3 weeks. Thin shortly after they emerge because they mature so quickly
Plagues: Leaves wilt and growth is stunted. Insect is common, white, root feeding maggot. 1/4" long adult flies emerge from the soil about the time cherries bloom and lay eggs at base of plants in surrounding soil. Legless larvae feeds on host plant for three weeks, riddling the roots with brown tunnels before they pupate Two or three generations can occur each growing season.
Measures: Use Diazinon before planting as a soil treatment. Rotate from year to year.
Price: 50 kr (1 kilo) 25p
Date of plantation and harvesting: April-June- July

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