French Breakfast Radish Seed Packet
French Breakfast Radishes
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
500 seeds per packet
days to maturity: 21-30 days
plant spacing: 16 per square foot
sunlight requirements: 10-14 hours
look out for: thinning is critical, and full sun
harvest notes: harvest at any age and size up to maturity date
Everybody’s favorite petite radish we are happy to say is one of the easiest things to grow in your home garden. We love Frenchies because they are so diverse in the kitchen… use a mandolin to slice them thin longways and throw them in any salad, or roast them in the oven with lots of salt and olive oil, or cut them in half, put them on top of heavily buttered sourdough and finish with flake salt.
Radishes are super easy to grow in a raised bed and we are always encouraging beginners to try them out. The main key to planting radishes in your garden is to start them from seed, properly thin them once germinated, and give them enough sun to keep them growing fast until harvest. Radishes can be eaten at any part of its life, from a 10 day old sprout (thats micro greens!) to a mature radish date (its not recommended to leave them in the ground past their maturity day because they will get woody). While thinning them is critical you can take advantage of the space by leaving too many radishes in, then harvesting half of them young, making room for the remaining plants to mature properly. Radish flavor is greatly effected by temperature and the amount of time it took to grow them. Radishes grown in the hottest time of the year or grown too slowly end up very spicy, whereas radishes grown in cooler weather and at the appropriate speed of growth end up the most palatable. We always recommend that home gardeners make note of the date that they planted radish seeds and their “days to maturity” and keep good track of their progress. If they don’t look like radishes by the maturity date don’t keep waiting, harvest what you’ve grown, eat it (remember, all parts of the radish plant are edible at all growth stages) figure out what you did wrong (improper thinning, not enough sunlight, etc.) and try again.
Direct seed radishes and thin to half an inch spacing 10 days after germination.