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PlantFiles: 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

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rebecca101 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 winter_unfazed 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.


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

Fort Smith, Arkansas
Madison, Illinois
Rogersville, Missouri
Charlottesville, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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