Radishes are most commonly grown for their edible root, but few know that the entire plant is edible. White or pale pink flowers appear when the plant is allowed to bolt, or mature, but before it goes to seed.
Due to the short lived nature of radishes, and how easily they grow, it is very common for anyone growing them to find that they have left some in the ground long enough for flowers to be produced. The flowers are delicious and should not be wasted!
Average height: 40cm
Aspect: Prefer full sun, but will tolerate partial shade
Soil type: Most soil conditions, but preferably rich with plenty of organic matter and free draining.
Sowing period: Late February to September
First signs of blossom: 6 weeks
Average flowering period: 2 months
Contents: Approximately 50 seeds
The best way to ensure a continuous supply of radishes and radish flowers through the summer is to sow little and often. Plant a small row every two weeks, leaving a proportion to develop into flowers.
Radish bulbs are ready to harvest once they are large enough to handle. As a rough guide the diameter will be that of a 10p coin. They will grow more than this, but are likely to be woody if left any longer.
Radishes which have become woody should be left in the ground and flowers will develop at the top of the stems which should be harvested as soon as they open. Edible seed pods can also be harvested after the flowers have finished