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PlantFiles: 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)

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Unknown - Tell us

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

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DonShirer 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 QCHammy 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 Farmerdill 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 Terry 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.


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

Queen Creek, Arizona
Westbrook, Connecticut
Augusta, Georgia
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Fort Worth, Texas

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