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Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus

Green Luobo Radish

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60 days. Sweet and spicy, these two-toned roots may just be your next favorite pickled vegetable.  Lime-green upper half with a white tip, we harvest uniformly shaped roots at lengths of 5-10”. Radishes will taste hotter as they mature, especially if exposed to warm weather. Green Luobo has traditionally been preserved through fermentation, which cools the spice and transforms the flavor from spicy to amazing! Cooking also reduces the spice. If you want milder, raw radishes, try planting mid-summer for fall harvest and winter use. Enjoy by grating the root and mixing it into a slaw or salad, slicing it thinly onto a taco, or adding it to a stir-fry or soup. Even the greens are edible and nutritious! Not for spring planting because plants may bolt. For summer planting and fall harvest. Fall harvested roots will store until early spring in a cellar (or the fridge). Said to have originated in China, this variety is now popular around the world. Also called Green Meat or Green Fleshed Daikon. CC

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Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Radishes prefer cool weather. Direct sow seeds outdoors 5/20 – 8/1.  Plant seeds ½” deep, in rows spaced 18” apart. Sow 6 seeds per foot and thin to 4-6” apart. Days to germination: 3 - 6 (longer in cool soil). Keep seeds and plants consistently moist. Use crop rotation to avoid diseases (all brassicas). If necessary, cover with row cover fabric to protect against flea beetles and cabbage root maggots.


Harvest radishes when they reach full size. If hot, do not leave roots in the ground too long or they will become pithy. If temperatures are cool, radishes can remain in the ground longer. Use a garden fork to loosen the soil before pulling up. This type of radish stores well; it is very spicy and best eaten pickled or cooked.

Seed Saving Instructions for gardeners:

Biennial radishes need exposure to cold temperatures in order to flower and produce seed so plan to grow them to be mature in the fall. Radishes are insect pollinated and are cross pollinated – they will cross with all other radishes that are blooming nearby. Isolation distance: ½ mile. Minimum population size: 10-50. Dig radishes and identify best roots for replanting for seed (clip off leaves before replanting). Space 2 - 3 feet apart. Stake plants. Clip seed pods when seeds are fully ripe. Lay out to dry.

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Growing Instructions