Daikon, Oriental radish
Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus 'Minowase'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Raphanus (RAF-an-us) (Info)
Species: sativus var. longipinnatus
Cultivar: Minowase

Category:

Annuals

Vegetables

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Madison, Illinois

Rogersville, Missouri

Charlottesville, Virginia

Madison, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Oct 11, 2006, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Nice green shouldered daikon. I don't get very big radishes from a spring sowing - they always bolt here in 5a before they get too big. Fall works best.

Positive

On Nov 20, 2005, winter_unfazed from Rural Webster County, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

The Minowase daikon is less uniform and straight than the miyashige and often shorter. Here they reach about 8 inches deep. Their greens are like turnip greens and are usually cooked; the stems and roots are used fresh in salads or pickled for later use.

Cultivate soil deeply; add some compost and (if you live in a clay-soil area) some sand if possible. Plant the seeds 1/2 inch below the soil during the dark of the August moon (or July if your average frost date is before Oct. full moon). Try to protect them from frost as long as possible; when severe frost is predicted, harvest the daikons. Keep watered well during growing.