Friday, June 12, 2009

Cherry Belle Radish

We had our first harvest!!!!!

We hadn’t been up to the Pleasantville farm for at least a week and a half because it’s been raining so much. I figured I didn’t need to check on everything because they were getting plenty of water.

I was right because the plants are getting huge. One in particular, our radishes. We actually lost some because they got too big and burst open. Apparently, you’re supposed to pull them when the red part of the plant starts to come out of the ground. Oops, that was happening last time we checked in.

Oh well, lesson learned.

In now present, the Cherry Belle Radish

Common Name


Formal NameRaphanus sativus
DescriptionA salad garden standard, this tasty red radish is tolerant of poor soils. It is also resistant to pithiness, even in hot weather.

Note: Pithiness is when the center gets all spongy – took me awhile to figure this out so I thought I’d share.

  • Salads
  • A vehicle to get dip into your mouth
  • If you’re really talented, you can cut them to look like roses. This can be a hoity-toity way of decorating your buffet platters. Yah, and I use that kale stuff too.
Light Requirements
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Sun
Soil RequirementsPrefers moderately fertile soil enriched with compost. Will perform in poor soil.
Water RequirementsRegular watering
Height1-2” root
Growing ZoneAnnual so it can planted anywhere the soil gets to at least 45 – 70 degrees. Prefers a slightly cooler climate.
HarvestingHarvest when bulbs begin to form and show color. The longer they are in the ground, the hotter they will get.
FertilizationFertilize one week after planting.
Growth CycleReady to harvest in 20 – 30 days.
Bloom TimeNA
Bloom ColorNA


Maintenance LevelLow
Special Features

Fast growing

Known IssuesI don’t know of any
Planting InstructionsDirect sow at 1/2” soil depth. For a steady harvest, plant desired amount every 2-3 weeks.

Here are some other pictures:


MzzLily said...

Now I want to go buy some more seeds!

SquirrelQueen said...

Those are so pretty, I want some. Like MzzLily guess I will have to buy more seeds.

chicamom85 said...

Wow what beautiful radishes


Naturally.Natalie said...

Uh oh! I will have to check and see if my radishes are ready to be pulled, I was waiting for the time period it said on the seed packet to have passed, but there is some red sticking out already. Thanks for the info!

kate said...

your bed looks good! we made our first raised veggie bed this year, so much fun! Didn't plant radishes since we get more than we can eat from our farm share but we planted all the stuff we never get enough of, like tomatoes! yum! Good luck with your growing season!


Inge' said...

Hi! I found your blog through "Reduce Footprints". I am also a novice at gardening.

Since I live in the Bible Belt and have NO trees in my yard, I only plants things that can take full sun and are perennials. I have had some good and some bad experiences with this.

I look forward to reading more of your adventures in gardening and maybe picking up a few pointers!