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Radish is a hardy vegetable, very easy to grow. The flowers are attractive to beneficial insects. Radish is sown in early autumn and spring, avoid hot weather. Sow direct where it is to grow 12 mm deep. Thin seedlings to 2.5 - 5 cm apart. Keep the row short and sow small crops every 2 to 3 weeks. Keep soil moist to avoid toughness, it prefers a rich, well-drained soil with a pH of 5.5 - 6.5, mulch between the rows. Radish is usually eaten raw, harvest while young and tender. Radish can be inter-planted with other crops such as carrots or beetroot for a fast harvest.
Radish 'Black Spanish'
'Black Spanish' is an heirloom, round radish with a nutty, spicy flavour, attractive black skin and crisp, pure white flesh. It is a large radish 7 - 10 cm across and stores well. In the kitchen it can be grated or sliced, eaten raw or cooked. Days to harvest: 55.
SR186approx. 100 seeds
Radish 'China Rose'
An heirloom radish from China with a smooth rose coloured skin and relatively mild white flesh. Use it at 15 cm long as a radish for salads or leave to grow to 30 cm long and use like daikon in stir-fries. Days to harvest: 25 - 55 days; become pithy if left too long.
SR201approx. 100 seeds
Radish 'Pink Beauty'
'Pink Beauty' is an unusual rose pink radish with a smooth round shape and crisp white flesh. The flavour stays mild even when large and it resists pithiness. It is also useful as a delicious, decorative sprout. Days to harvest: 26.
SR111approx. 100 seeds
Daikon Radish 'Miyashige'
Raphinus sativus acanthiformis
syn. 'Long White Japanese Daikon'
Japanese radish is used grated, pickled and stir-fried, a hardy vegetable that will self-sow in an orchard, flowers attractive to beneficial insects. Sow spring and autumn.
SR102approx. 100 seeds
Radish 'Cherry Belle'
'Cherry Belle' has a bright red skin, crisp white flesh and mild flavour. The roots are smooth, round with a 3 cm diameter It retains eating quality well and resists pithiness. It is also useful as a delicious, decorative sprout. Days to harvest: 26.
SR100approx. 100 seeds
Radish 'Easter Egg'
syn. 'Fiesta Mix'
'Easter Egg' is a multi-coloured mix of red, purple, white and rose pink radishes to brighten up salads. All the radishes in the mix are round and smooth with a crisp white flesh. It is great fun for kids to grow.
SR137approx. 100 seeds
Radish 'Purple Plum'
'Purple Plum' has bright purple skin with a smooth round shape and firm white flesh. It stays crisp with a sweet but spicy flavour. It is also useful as a delicious, decorative sprout. Days to harvest: 26.
SR139approx. 100 seeds
A traditional Chinese radish that is carved into decorative shapes as a garnish, it has creamy-white skin with vivid pink flesh. The roots are 50 - 100 mm in diameter; flavour is tasty, mild and sweet.
SR184approx. 100 seeds
Originally grown as a medicinal plant, rhubarb is now used mainly for desserts. Prepare a bed in a sunny well-drained position by digging well-rotted compost or animal manure through the bed as rhubarb is a 'hungry' feeder. Sow seed in spring, 2.5 cm deep directly where it is to grow, or sow in trays, covering lightly with seed raising mix. Space plants at 90 x 90 cm. Water well in dry weather. Apply a mulch of well-rotted manure in autumn and spring. Plants should be divided after 4-5 years.
Rhubarb is a cool climate perennial and the best colour stalks occur with a temperature of about 10°C. It will grow as far north as the subtropics but the colour will not be as good. It is best to give it partial shade over the summer in subtropical areas. It is not suitable for tropical areas as it requires a cold period to be productive. Find more information on growing rhubarb here.
Tropical gardeners still keen to try?
In Florida USA gardeners have been successfully growing rhubarb as an annual so if you live in a subtropical or tropical area you might like to give this a go. Sow the seed in late summer, early autumn (January - February) and grow it through the cooler time of year. Feed it very well and keep it well-watered. Harvest the plants entirely in August to October.
Here's a link to a blog on: Growing rhubarb from seed.
'Victoria' is noticeably sweeter and milder then other rhubarb. It produces prolific yields of thick, tender stalks with a rosy-red sheen that gradually turn to pink and then to green toward the leaf tip.
SR149approx. 35 seeds
Here's a link to a blog on: Rhubarb 'Victoria'.
Rosella 'Red Drops'
syn. Queensland jam plant, Jamaican tea, karkade
Rosella is an annual shrub to 2 metres with attractive yellow hibiscus-like flowers. The plants are vigorous and easy to grow. The calyx (fleshy cover surrounding the seed pod) is used to make jam, cordial and wine. Dried the red calyx can be used for herb tea and is high in vitamin C. To prepare it, strip off the red calyx from the seedpod and dry it in a food drier or a slow oven until crisp. Seeds can be roasted and ground into flour. Young leaves can be steamed and are known as Red Sorrel in the Pacific.
Sow seed in early spring, as it needs a long growing season and takes at least 5 months frost-free to fruit. Bottom heat will be required to get the seed germinated in cooler areas. Suitable for warm temperate, subtropical and tropical areas. See here for jam and cordial recipe and growing information. An extra 40% quantity of seed is being supplied due to a low germination result of 60%. A standard germination result would be approx. 75%.
SR108approx. 20 seeds
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