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Radishes are suppose to be easy - what's up??

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Post  kgreseth on 12/7/2011, 5:56 pm

I've tried 3 times to plant radishes and each time I get plants with huge leaves and no fruit. I've even tried planting in containers, moving to try different levels of sun and still huge plants with no radish. Any suggestions? Planted burpee Cherry belles. thanks for any suggestions!! Fortunately my spinach, long beans, carrots, romaine, tomatoes, and cucumbers are doing amazingly well:)
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Post  camprn on 12/7/2011, 6:47 pm

My first thoughts: Weather is too hot; not thinned properly ; lack of water; lack of sunlight and perhaps heavy nitrogen...

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Post  walshevak on 12/7/2011, 6:50 pm

I had good luck with french breakfast radish in my MM. And my son is getting some in his fall garden, but more slowly than the spring garden.



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Post  WardinWake on 12/7/2011, 6:56 pm

@kgreseth wrote:I've tried 3 times to plant radishes and each time I get plants with huge leaves and no fruit. I've even tried planting in containers, moving to try different levels of sun and still huge plants with no radish. Any suggestions? Planted burpee Cherry belles. thanks for any suggestions!! Fortunately my spinach, long beans, carrots, romaine, tomatoes, and cucumbers are doing amazingly well:)

Howdy krgeseth: My first thought was too much nitrogen giving all leaf and very little bottom growth. Did you add anything to your MM such as bone meal?

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Post  walshevak on 12/7/2011, 7:04 pm

Good idea Ward. Root veggies need less nitrogen than leafy veggies.



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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 12/7/2011, 8:32 pm

Nitrogen surplus. Add potassium or potash to your MM, if I remember correctly. One promotes root growth. A quick google will tell you.
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Post  kgreseth on 12/8/2011, 9:25 am

Thanks for all of the great feedback. I've got soil at Univ of FL so just waiting back to hear what they had to say. Guessing that it is too much nitrogen in the garden but can't imagine that would be the case in my pots?? I'll let you know if the Univ. soil test comes back with anything interesting! Thanks again!
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Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 12/8/2011, 9:59 am

I don't know what numbers will tell you. I know I couldn't decipher anything from a piece of paper.

I think what people are saying is to add the other elements to balance the soil. I don't think too much nitrogen is the problem. I think it's too much nitrogen.....when compared to the other essentials. The soil just needs more balance.

Upon searching.....potassium is the element missing. But, other factors are spacing, sun/shade, and even planting depth.
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Post  walshevak on 12/8/2011, 11:21 am

@BackyardBirdGardner wrote:I don't know what numbers will tell you. I know I couldn't decipher anything from a piece of paper.

I think what people are saying is to add the other elements to balance the soil. I don't think too much nitrogen is the problem. I think it's too much nitrogen.....when compared to the other essentials. The soil just needs more balance.

Upon searching.....potassium is the element missing. But, other factors are spacing, sun/shade, and even planting depth.





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Post  Lavender Debs on 12/8/2011, 12:53 pm

My $0.02

Radishes will not develop a full root if the mix dries out or is on the dry side. The root is where plant food is stored BUT if the plant is stressed it will develop large leaves to comphensate before bolting to produce seed.

Crowding plants is sometimes the problem but my observation is that this is usually overcome.

Hot weather and root parasites (maggots, wireworms) can stress the root into not developing.

I see you are in zone 9. Radishes like full sun and cool temps. If you try to protect your radish from too much heat by shading with taller veggies, you could end up with all leaves (trying to get more food producing light) and rat-tail roots.

Debs....who doesn't think they are that easy to grow (at least not to pretty table roots)
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Post  Lavender Debs on 12/8/2011, 12:54 pm

@walshevak wrote:I had good luck with french breakfast radish in my MM.

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Sometimes it is just a matter of changing the type.
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Post  Unmutual on 12/8/2011, 1:30 pm

@kgreseth wrote:I've tried 3 times to plant radishes and each time I get plants with huge leaves and no fruit. I've even tried planting in containers, moving to try different levels of sun and still huge plants with no radish. Any suggestions? Planted burpee Cherry belles. thanks for any suggestions!! Fortunately my spinach, long beans, carrots, romaine, tomatoes, and cucumbers are doing amazingly well:)

I see we're more or less in the same zone, I grow Icicle radishes(look like white carrots, but not as large of course) from Ed Hume seed(Hume Organic Seeds instead of the regular ones). I planted them on the 1st November and I started harvesting a couple days ago.

I, however, don't want to talk about spinach. They always sprout, grow a couple of pale green/yellow leaves and that's about it. It almost looks like a nitrogen deficiency, but I know it isn't. Out of 8 spinaches that I planted this year, 2 are looking promising for once.

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Post  kgreseth on 12/8/2011, 3:05 pm

Thanks! I'll try other varieties too. As for my spinach - I've always had the best luck when it is in a container than can travel (too hot=bring it in, too cold=set it out:) I have to admit I am always surprised how well the spinach does! if I could just get those darn radishes straightened out:)



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I see we're more or less in the same zone, I grow Icicle radishes(look like white carrots, but not as large of course) from Ed Hume seed(Hume Organic Seeds instead of the regular ones). I planted them on the 1st November and I started harvesting a couple days ago.

I, however, don't want to talk about spinach. They always sprout, grow a couple of pale green/yellow leaves and that's about it. It almost looks like a nitrogen deficiency, but I know it isn't. Out of 8 spinaches that I planted this year, 2 are looking promising for once.
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