Chinese Radish
Raphanus sativus 'Rose Heart'

Family: Brassicaceae (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Raphanus (RAF-an-us) (Info)
Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info)
Cultivar: Rose Heart
Additional cultivar information:(aka Beauty Heart, Shinrimei, Misato, Asian Red Meat, Watermelon)

Category:

Vegetables

Herbs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

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 after last frost

Seed Collecting:

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

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Queen Creek, Arizona

Westbrook, Connecticut

Augusta, Georgia

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Fort Worth, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Sep 10, 2012, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

Took longer than expected. I had almost given up on them, never having grown them before, but 3 months later they appeared beet sized, just as shown in the pictures. Ok to crunch raw or cook in a colorful stir fry.

Positive

On Feb 23, 2008, QCHammy from San Tan Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Large 3 inch round roots are white outside with a purple-pink center. Crispy and mild tasting. Perfect for fresh eating, salads, or cooking. Heirloom from China.

Positive

On May 2, 2007, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Watermelon radish is a winter radish, but surprisingly easy to grow here. I used some seeds to mark a spring carrot planting, not really expecting a crop from them. Did remarkably well and took only a few more days than white Icycle

Neutral

On Jun 15, 2004, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Eaten as a fruit in northern China, these radishes are a feast for the eyes and the mouth: sliced, they have a beautiful red interior, which is sweeter than other radishes (although the skin is a bit hotter.) The flesh becomes sweeter when cooked - either add to stews or roast with other root vegetables.