Radish, French Breakfast

 Radish, French Breakfast

Heirloom. Organic An oblong, blunt-tipped radish, half red on top and white on the bottom. Has a healthy radish spiciness and quality. These can become pithy if harvested late. Average 2-3" long A root vegetable related to the turnip and horseradish family, with a crisp texture and a mild to delicately sweet flavor. The French Breakfast radish has an elongated shape that can grow to approximately three inches in length, displaying a bright red outer skin, which turns white at the root base.. Cool weather is needed for best development. Sow seed directly wherever there is extra space in the garden. Radishes make good, living row markers for slower germinating crops like carrots. French Breakfast is used best when young and immature, less than 1" in diameter. They may keep 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator. Radishes are a great source of vitamin C. The name "radish" comes from the Greek word for "fast appearing", aptly reflecting the way radishes grow! This is very easy to grow and harvest. 

Planting French Breakfast Radish

While starting seeds of the French Breakfast Radish is not necessarily difficult, the right conditions will make the process successful. Sow French Breakfast Radish seeds directly in the ground in the spring when the threat of frost has passed or grow in containers. Keep the ground moist but not wet for the first couple of weeks. Pick a sunny, well-drained spot for planting for the best performance. Prefers a well-drained fertile soil in a sunny position.  Heirloom / Open Pollinated French Breakfast Radish are cool weather loving plants that prefer well drained loose soil and an even amount of water. Plant heirloom French Breakfast Radish in rows or hills but make sure the soil is well warmed. You can grow French Breakfast Radish seeds in garden containers or pots.

  Height: 12-24 inch Plants   Spacing: 1-2" inches, thin to 3” if necessary

Spacing between rows—12-15”

Depth: 1/4  inch Germination: 5-10 days

Starting from Seed Indoors.  I would not start these indoors. The growing cycle is about 20-30 days. You can grow several crops of these during a normal growing season.  I will plant this crop until late in the fall.

Direct-seeding into the Garden.Turn over the area you've selected to a depth of approximately 1/2 inches. Rake the area until it's level and smooth. Water the area until the soil is damp but not saturated. Scatter the seeds in a row. Gently rake the area to distribute the seeds further and protect them from birds. Or, press the seeds into the soil and cover with no more than 1/4 inches of soil. You can also place 1 to 2 seeds every  to 2-3 inches in rows approximately 12-15 inches apart, and cover seeds with 1/4 inches of soil. Place planting stakes around the area so you will know where to water. Check on your seeds about once a day. Make sure to mist the soil whenever it appears dry. Germination for the Radish plants is approximately 5  to 10 days, depending on the warmth of the soil.   

Germination Problems

Growing plants from seeds successfully depends on a lot of factors and this makes it impossible to guarantee success on every batch of seeds planted.  Factors include, soil composition, PH, temperature, moisture levels, seed depth, soil density, seed viability, seed storage and many others.  We tested the germination of all our seeds and this seed variety is around 80%, but your results may vary based on exactly how you plant and all the environmental factors.  Good luck.