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cindyeo
Duxbury, MA
(Zone 7a)

May 12, 2012
5:34 AM

Post #9120709

When I see the red part of my radishes half out of the ground, does that mean I should pick them, or will they continue to get fatter?
cocoa_lulu
Grand Saline, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 12, 2012
9:06 AM

Post #9120943

I always have a few that act that way, as well. As long as the tap root is getting enough moisture they will keep plumping up, whether above or below ground. Sometimes I'll push the soil up around the root just to make myself feel better.

I seem to have an exception to that this year with French Breakfast radish. They are more pear shaped when the top is above the soil line. I don't know if that's normal or not. I don't think I'll be growing that variety again.

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stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

May 13, 2012
6:42 PM

Post #9122590

I only got about 4 radishes this year. I planted too late and my soil wasn't amended enough. I will try again in the fall.

When they are about half-way out of the soil, I pick 'em.
MaryMcP
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

May 14, 2012
10:16 AM

Post #9123382

cocoa, yes, that's the shape of the French Breakfast. We LOVE the taste of that one, it's exta spicey. If you have leftover seeds I'll take them off your hands and trade you any others I have. I may have some Cherry Radish seeds, will have to check.

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