Watermelon Radish Seeds
Watermelon radish is an heirloom variety radish. It produces a wonderful pink starburst center that adds a pop of color to any dish with a mild peppery flavor that is superb. It’s our most popular radish variety! Excellent for pickling, fermenting, and fresh eating—slice thinly for gorgeous salads!
Planting by Zones
- Radishes are a cool season crop in Zones 9 and 10. You can plant them in the fall through late spring. In mild areas they can be grown year round with crop protection.
- Direct sow seeds when the threat of frost has passed and soil can be worked in early spring.
Planting Radish Seeds
- In Zones 9 and 10, direct seed in full sun or transplant out. Because of our hot fall weather, we often plant radishes in starter trays to protect them from the heat and Santa Santa Anna winds. We transplant them out in deeply irrigated soil under the protection of shade cloth.
- To direct sow, plant seeds in well-worked soil that has been deeply watered and is debris free. Cover with 1/2″ of finely sifted soil.
- If you are using starter pots, plant seeds into thoroughly moist high-quality seed starting soil. Place seeds on the top of the soil and cover with 1/2″ of finely sifted soil.
- Once your radish seeds have germinated and are 1-2″ tall, fertilize with an organic liquid fertilizer. When the plants are 3-4″ tall you can plant them out into the garden.
- Space plants at least 4″ apart.
- Radishes are easy to grow when grown in cool environments. Radishes do not respond well in hot, dry soils; they can become pithy and bitter.
- Mulching heavily around your plants will help with weed suppression and moisture retention.
- Radishes can be pulled from the ground at their desirable size. Do not let radishes get too big as they will become fibrous.
Growing Radishes in Containers
- Radishes are great for growing in containers. Just make sure your container is at least 10″ deep and wide enough to give each plant space to grow. Keep in mind containers will dry out faster because they have more surface area and less soil to hold onto moisture. Mulch heavily on the top layer of soil in the pot to keep the soil from drying out or heating up too much.