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West Coast Seeds - French Breakfast Radish Seeds (5g) - Heirloom Delight

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Bright rose scarlet at the top with white blunt tips, French Breakfast radishes are a popular heirloom variety perfect for raw snacking and adding a crisp, peppery flavor to salads. These radishes grow to 5cm (2") long and thrive from spring through summer, with upright tops reaching about 15cm (6")...

Bright rose scarlet at the top with white blunt tips, French Breakfast radishes are a popular heirloom variety perfect for raw snacking and adding a crisp, peppery flavor to salads. These radishes grow to 5cm (2") long and thrive from spring through summer, with upright tops reaching about 15cm (6") tall. First cultivated in the 1880s, their enduring popularity speaks to their reliability and delightful taste. Gather and refrigerate for optimal storage. Be sure to include French Breakfast radish seeds in your organic vegetable garden for a fast-growing, tasty treat.

Key Features:

  • Perfect for raw eating
  • 5cm (2") long, bright rose scarlet with white blunt tips
  • Fast-growing heirloom variety
  • Open-pollinated seeds
  • Matures in 25-30 days

Growing Instructions:

Difficulty:
Easy

Season & Zone:

  • Season: Cool season
  • Exposure: Full sun

Timing:
Radishes can be grown all season but they’re easiest when sown just after the last frost date and again at the end of summer and into the fall. Optimal soil temperature: 18-24°C (65-75°F). Seeds should sprout in 5-7 days.

Starting:
Sow seeds 5mm (¼”) deep, 25 seeds per 30cm (12″) in rows spaced 30-45cm (12-18″) apart, and thin to 6-12 plants per 30cm (12″).

Days to Maturity:
From direct sowing.

Growing:
Ideal pH: 6.0-6.8. Radishes are moderate to heavy feeders. Best in rich, loamy soil amended with composted manure. Add 1 cup of complete organic fertilizer for every 3m (10′) of row for background fertility. Lime beds the previous fall. The real secret to growing this little vegetable is speed. Sow a short row frequently, thin them quickly, keep them watered, eat them quickly, and sow some more.

Harvest:
Harvest promptly when radishes are the size of large marbles. The leaves and developing seedpods are also tasty.

Seed Info:
In optimal conditions at least 80% of seeds will germinate. Usual seed life: 4 years. Per 100′ row: 1.2M seeds, per acre: 522M seeds.

Diseases & Pests:
Root maggots and flea beetles can be a problem. Expect to lose 20-30% of your crop to maggots if you don’t use a floating row cover.

Companion Planting:
Plant radishes near beans, beets, celeriac, chervil, cucumber, lettuce, mint, parsnip, peas, spinach, squash, and tomatoes. Avoid planting near Agastache or potatoes. It is said that planting 3 or 4 icicle radishes around the mound where you plant squash, and allowing them to grow and bloom, will prevent most pests of squash and cucumber.

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