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PlantFiles: Radish
Raphanus sativus 'French Breakfast'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Raphanus (RAF-an-us) (Info)
Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info)
Cultivar: French Breakfast

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14 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Unknown - Tell us

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

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TCTerrariums On Mar 27, 2014, TCTerrariums from Port Orange, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Fast growing and fairly mild with a hint of sharpness. Greens were also good in salad and not too bitter.

Positive Pitcom On May 17, 2011, Pitcom from Avondale, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

These are excellent radishes. They grow fast, and taste delicious. The leaves of the french breakfast are wonderful in salads and soups.

Positive kbartoy On Jul 9, 2007, kbartoy from Old Hickory, TN wrote:

Just made a great relish from these radishes and carrots. I call it "Better than Chow Chow."

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 2, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Known as a garden standard since the 1880's.

Positive pajaritomt On Aug 14, 2006, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

One of my favorite radishes because it is mild, yet flavorful when grown in spring or fall. Have not tried in summer.

Positive philomel On Sep 24, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenées
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

I grew these for years in SE England and found them reliable. Very tender and mild when young. I agree that successional sowing of small quantities is a good thing. They certainly developed large seed pods with plenty of seed to save

Neutral Waggy On Apr 28, 2003, Waggy from San Antonio, TX wrote:

The 'D'Avignon' radish is very similar to the 'French Breakfast' variety.

Positive Ivey On Jan 14, 2003, Ivey from Lyles, TN wrote:

These radishes have a distinctive coloring; red upper 1/2, white lower 1/2. 3 or 4 times as long as they are wide. Fairly mild. Matures in as little as 28-30 days, gets a little woody after another 2-3 weeks, so plant in succession, 2 weeks apart thru the spring.


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

Menifee, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Daytona Beach, Florida
Geneseo, Illinois
North Billerica, Massachusetts
Bark River, Michigan
Marshall, Missouri
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Aston, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Old Hickory, Tennessee

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