Radish, French Breakfast
Scarlet skin, shades to white at base.
Days To Maturity
2-4 weeks BLF
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How to Sow
- Sow radish seeds in well-worked soil after danger of frost in early spring, again in late summer for fall crop. In frost free areas, sow in the fall.
- Sow thinly in rows about 6" apart. Cover with 1/2" of fine soil; firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
- Seedlings emerge in 4-6 days.
- Thin to stand about 2" apart.
- Sow winter radishes in midsummer for late fall and winter use. They can grow large with several inches of root showing above ground.
How to Grow
- Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
- Water continuously and evenly. Avoid over-fertilizing radish plants.
- Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
- Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
- Pull spring radishes when they are the proper size for the type, about 25 days after planting. If you wait too long to harvest they will become pithy. Push back the soil to see if they have formed bulbs, and taste one or two to see if they are ready. Finish harvest before warm weather comes.
- Cut off the tops and store in plastic bags at 32-40 degrees F, in the refrigerator, for up to 3 weeks.
- Harvest winter or fall radishes as needed in fall. Dig all remaining roots before the ground freezes and store throughout the winter (use as needed).
- Radishes may be eaten raw in salads or sautéed in butter with salt, pepper and herbs as a side dish. Winter radishes may be cooked like turnips or used in stir fry. They may also be pickled.
Days To Maturity25 daysFruit Size2 inchesSunFull SunSpread3 inchesHeight4-12 inchesSow MethodDirect SowPlanting TimeFall, SpringSow Time2-4 weeks BLFThin3 inchesLife CycleAnnual
Radish, French Breakfast is rated out of 5 by 9.Rated 5 out of 5 by wattamutt from very good I just harvested my first radishes. French breakfast are mild with a nice crunch. Not very spicy at all. Germinated in 3 days. Pick these radishes when the leaves are 4 inches long. Any longer then that and they will get tough and woody. I didnt thin mine too well and a few of them are stunted. Even though french breakfast were good i like my radishes to be a bit more spicy. So next year i will be trying something differentDate published: 2015-05-24Rated 4 out of 5 by CarlG from Good Radish Planted these in midsummer and got a great harvest, matured in about 2 weeks , then I replanted through late fallgot nice long radishes from each plant.Date published: 2015-01-01Rated 3 out of 5 by SamB from Decent. Will try again in cooler weather. While they came out quite bitter because I was determined to try growing radishes in the summer and epically failed, they did grow decent sized bulbs and grew quite quickly. Will have to try again in cooler weather.Date published: 2012-08-18Rated 5 out of 5 by ChrisandCori from Quick to sprout! Sprouted in two day! I planted these in a wine box on the 8th. It's the 13th and they are off to a great start. I have them close together as a little experiment. :) Don't forget to try the greens. I have not had this type of radish green yet but I don't have long to wait by the looks of things.Date published: 2011-05-14Rated 5 out of 5 by Hotpepper from Great Radishes I love the French Breakfast radishes. There especially great with sea salt sprinkled on them. They don't take long to grow and they are really very mild in taste, but great on flavor.Date published: 2010-06-27Rated 4 out of 5 by Beaker from Fast growers These are pretty good little radishes. They grow fairly quickly but I did have a problem with aphids on them. I picked one out of my beds and looked at the bottom side of the leaves and found tons of aphids and fruit fly larvae. They didn't seem to bother the radish however.Date published: 2010-04-12Rated 3 out of 5 by GardenGirl88 from Not as Good as Sparkler Started well with 97% germination and grew very quick, but really turned bitter quick as well. Harvest fast of they will also turn woody and start to go to seed. Not as good a flavor as others we have grown, but have some seed left so we'll try again in a different locale. Also strange to see them grow more out of the ground than in.Date published: 2009-08-26Rated 5 out of 5 by 7im8 from Fast and delicious Fast grower, all the seeds grow, more on the mild side with just a hint of pepper. Almost never woody unless let go too large size. Will keep growing in to the warmer weather better than some, not as good as others. You can start these really early as well, mostly frost tolerant, but not hard freeze. Obviously they won't grow as fast in the cold, but these will be one of your first items to harvest. My favorite so far. Halfway through 2nd 400 count seed pack. But time for me to experiment (watermelon rasish next). Like all radishes, growing in fine and healthy soil will produce blue ribbon beauties. Cheap potting soil with all that chipped wood will grow some real frankenroots. (shared seeds with neighbor, should have shared some good compost as well)Date published: 2009-04-19