Winter Radish
Raphanus sativus 'China Rose'

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

Category:

Vegetables

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Pale Green

Green

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Aromatic

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Radford, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:

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On May 1, 2005, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

China Rose, Winter Radish forms an elongated root with bright rose-colored skin and white firm inner flesh and has a hot pungency.

Hardy to Zone1.
Sow one-quarter inch deep in well-prepared garden loam in full sun.
In cool areas, sow seeds in early summer to mid summer.
In warm areas, sow seeds in spring or late summer to early fall. August.
Germination is fast, 3 to 5 days.

Harvest when root reaches 4"- 5" long.
Harvest between 40 to 52 days at 55 days they can start to split.
Harvest in late fall before frost and store.

Besides havesting and cooking the root, you can make a dish from radish leaves by simmering them in chicken broth until just tender then season with butter and pepper or olive oil.
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On Apr 2, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 55 day long rose colored radish. This red-skinned and white flesh variety has a hot pungency. In cool areas, sow seeds in early summer to mid summer. In warm areas, sow seeds in spring or late summer to early fall. Harvest when root reaches 4"-6" long. Besides cooking the root, you can make a dish from radish leaves by simmering them in chicken broth until just tender then season with butter and pepper. (60 day)