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Radish, Dragon's Tail

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Delicious raw or cooked, the plant-topping pods are deliciously crisp and tender.

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Meet ‘Dragon’s Tail’, the breakout radish superstar for Summer 2017. Our exclusive version of Asian heirloom aerial radish is unlike any radish you have ever seen or tasted. One of a kind radish is grown, not for its roots, but for the long, slender, curving purple seedpods that grow in profusion above ground on breathtakingly pretty plants. Looking like lacy clouds that have alighted in the garden, 3-4' leafy plants first produce a serene cloud of pink and white wildflowers, followed by a glorious profusion of 3-6" purple and green pods. Delicious raw or cooked, the longer purple pods and shorter green pods are crisp and tender, with a more nuanced spicy accent than a typical radish, and with none of the harshness. Nutritious pods add bite and tang to stir-fry dishes, and Asian cuisine; scrumptious when pickled.
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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.

50 days

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

3-12 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.

12-24 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-48 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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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Mar-28 - Last Date: May-16
    First Date: Aug-06 - Last Date: Sep-17

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
50 days
Fruit Size
3-12 inches
Full Sun
12-24 inches
36-48 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
6 inches
Radish, Dragon's Tail is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rare vegetable but perfect I bought late summer dragon radish tail seeds but did very well
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Plant What an interesting plant! It becomes quite a large sprawling plant so give it some space. I is also very prolific so don't plant too many. Pick and eat the radish tails while they are still small--about six inches or so. If larger they start to develop seeds and are tough. They have a good radish flavor with some heat kicking in afterward. When I saw this plant in the Burpee catalog, I thought is was a "new" variety. Then I found a recipe for "pickled radish pods" from a cookbook published in the 1850's. They were called "rat tails" in this recipe. I did pickle a few of the radish tails by adding them to a jar of dill cucumber pickles but have not eaten them yet. Hopefully it will be a nice surprise. I will plant these radish seeds again next year but definitely give them more space (maybe in a big hanging basket) as I grow my vegetables in an aeroponic growing system and they took over the tower this year. Maybe just move them to a different location on the tower. This plant is definitely a conversation starter.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really cool edible plant! So the plant is very popular with rabbits, it goes without saying you need to protect your radish plant/bush once it's planted in the ground. The pods form after the flowers pop up and get nice and big, they are milder when small. When regular size they are spicy but delicious! Definitely worth giving a try in your garden for a new variety in your garden!
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prolific! Love the taste and its uniqueness. The window for picking tender seed pods is a week or better and rather than one radish per plant each produces 6 to 10 seed pods, a much better return on the space in the darden.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prolific and tasty I've not had good luck with root vegetables, even radishes, so I thought I'd give these pretty, purple Dragon's Tail a try. They're still producing new pods even now in mid-July, and the foot-long fresh pods are milder and more versatile than root radishes. They're great raw in salads or relish trays, but they're also good in cooked dishes, anywhere you might use peppers or bean sprouts. I'm very happy I gave these a corner in my raised garden beds.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very unusual item I planted the seeds a while ago and I have tall beautiful plants with blossoms. I'm hoping to see the raddish tips soon.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these!!! I was skeptical. I mean look at them! However, wonderful, crisp and unique radishes!! I will grown them instead of the traditional kind from now on! They produce better and they are clean! No digging in the dirt! Just pick and eat!!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Proflic growth. Great taste. We bought this seed for the first time this year. It's growing like crazy! Great germination rate. Easy to grow. So many pods. Flavor is much more peppery than radish root. Very crisp to bite into.
Date published: 2017-05-17
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