Radish, Hailstone

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Geography/History:

Hailstone radish has also been know in the past as White Button Radish or White Globe Radish.  It is pure snow white in color. A real stand out in salads bowls and a favorite for generations.  Hailstone radish is very mild, crisp and maintain there firm flesh even when stir fried.

1903 J. Manns Seed Co. catalog says about Large White Box radish seed….”An excellent spring and summer variety for market”.  Roots two inches in diameter; skin smooth, creamy white, with crisp, mild flesh.  Will stand for some little time after reaching full size without becoming pithy or running to seed.”

Nutritional Value:
Contains Calcium, Iron, Niacin & Vitamins: A, B1, B2, C.

Sun:                             Full
Spacing:                     1″ – 3”
Height:                        6”
Optimum Soil Ph:    5.5 to 6.8
Days To Maturity:    23
Sowing Method:       Outdoors

Planting/Growing Tips:

When preparing the soil, avoid fresh manure and organic materials or fertilizers high in nitrogen. An overly rich soil will encourage lush foliage at the expense of crisp, tasty roots.  When the radish seedlings are about two inches tall, thin the plants to three-inch spacings. If not thinned, you’re likely to end up with shriveled, inedible roots.  Mulch the radishes with compost enriched with wood ashes. This not only keeps root maggots at bay, but also helps the soil retain moisture that could mean the difference between perfect and pitiful radishes.  Water in moderation. If the soil is too dry, radishes will bolt and become pithy and too pungent to eat. If too wet, the roots will split and rot. Never let the soil dry out, but don’t keep it mucky, either.  Radishes are superb companion plants, particularly when used to draw aphids, flea beetles, and other pests away from peppers, squash, cukes, and other vegetables.

 

 

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