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Radish, Perfecto

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Grows to a perfect shape no matter what size.

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Found in the Mediterranean, where radishes are eaten like cherry tomatoes, prized for their sharp, peppery flavor. This brightly colored beauty grows to a perfect shape, whether harvested young or left in the soil and pulled when the size of a golf ball. Either way, the texture stays crisp without becoming woody. Strong tops are tinged with red and make tasty greens for salads when snipped young.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

25 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

1 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

3 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

4-6 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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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 Maturity
25 days
Fruit Size
1 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
3 inches
Height
4-6 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
Thin
3 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Radish, Perfecto is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice Green Leaves But No Radishes Direct-sowed 20 seeds in a raised bed filled with Miracle Grow Potting Mix & supplements. Leaves were beautiful, but no radishes. Other seeds & plants were productive using same mix in different raised beds. Don't know what I did wrong, but am trying again.
Date published: 2015-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfecto! These radishes definitely live up to their name! They are the PERFECT shape, no matter when harvested. Every one of the seeds produced a radish. I have tried many different varieties of radishes over the years...these are definitely my favorite. I plan on making this a yearly addition to my garden.
Date published: 2014-06-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good flavor. As the description states, it does have a good "peppery" flavor. Initially they were nice and tender, but unfortunately the last 14 that I harvested have been somewhat woody. I did not do succession planting, hoping that, as stated in the description, they wouldn't get woody.
Date published: 2013-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great germination I planted the seeds on Wednesday and they all germinated Sunday.
Date published: 2012-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good radishes These were the best tasting radishes I've ever grown, just a little pricey for the amount of seeds(<200, more like 100) in the package.
Date published: 2012-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb radish This radish is reliable and beautiful... nice red globes. I eat them, of course, but I also use them to mark the rows of other seeds as I plant them. Just drop one every foot or so. Even when my guideline is removed I know where the row is since the radish will emerge in just a few days. Nice starter seed for kids but it's a little peppery for small fry. Love this vegetable!
Date published: 2011-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Radish! I planted the Perfecto radish this summer. I have planted radishes before, but never this variety. It was an absolutely perfect radish, hence, a great name! They were perfectly round and were delicious no matter what size they reached. The majority of my radishes were baseball sized. The picture says it all! I will definitely be planting them again next year!!
Date published: 2010-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from TOO! slow I live in a part of the world where radishes can planted for eleven out of twelve months. I planted this radish in a large 18 gallon container in late February hoping it would be finished by mid April. It's early May 2009 and it's still not finished. The few radishes I have harvested have a taste like no grocery store bought radish. If it wasn't for the slow growth, this would be award five leaves.
Date published: 2009-05-03
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