Approximately 90-100 seeds per gram Raphanus sativus Lot# RA33003 The French Breakfast radish is an heirloom variety that has been grown since at least the late 1870's. French breakfast produces an oblong radish that is approximately 7-8 cm (3”) long and 2 cm (¾-1”) in diameter. They have rich scarlet red roots with white tips that are crisp, mild and surprisingly sweet. A favourite radish type that has stood the test of time. Although frost hardy, roots will not tolerate freezing. Irrigation is essential for best flavour and root consistency.
Sow early varieties in a sunny site as soon as the ground is workable in the spring. Winter radishes are generally sown in mid-summer. Radishes are a cool season crop and are quick to mature. These heirloom seeds can be planted in spring or fall. Due to the small size of these seeds and vegetables, most people will use a furrow technique when planting. Sow in shallow furrow 12 mm (1/2") deep and space seeds 2.5 cm (1") apart in rows about 30 cm (12") apart. Later after the first few true leaves appear, it is best to then thin to final spacing. Remember, larger spacing will result in larger heirloom radishes but they will take longer to mature. Sow seed every two weeks. Keep soil evenly moist during germination and growth. Harvest in 3-4 weeks when the roots have reached the size of a large marble. One packet sows approximately 6 m (20’) of row.
Soil Conditions: Well worked rich, loose well-drained soil. Soil PH: 5.5-7.0, Ideal 6.3-6.5
Planting Depth: Sow seeds 6-12.5 mm (¼-½") deep.
Germination: 5-7 days.
Height at Maturity: 12-15” tall. Spread: 10-12 cm (4-5”) across.
Days to Maturity: 20-25 days to harvest
Watering: Keep soil moist as radishes have a fast growth rate.
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing after Thinning: Thin plants to 5-8 cm (2-3”) apart. Space rows in rows 30-61 cm (12-24”) apart.
Additional Information Grow radishes in full sun or partial shade. Plant radish seeds in loose, well-drained soil. Remove soil lumps, rocks, and roots from radish planting beds. Obstructions can cause roots to grow malformed. Complete the harvest before the weather grows warm. Warm weather can result in small roots. Long days may also cause radishes to flower. Plant radishes during the shorter days of spring and autumn. In mild winter regions, grow radishes in late autumn and early winter. Radishes can withstand frost. Keep radish planting beds moist but not wet. Even, regular watering will result in quick growth. Radishes that receive too little water will become woody tasting. Prepare planting beds with aged compost.