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Crimson Giant Radish

Crimson Giant Radish

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Crimson Giant

30 days — The plants have tall tops with roots that are crimson to scarlet skinned, globe to top-shaped, with tender, crisp, white, mild flesh. We prefer harvesting them young when they are about one and a half to two inches in diameter. But given ample room, they can grow to be about the size of a baseball and remain of good, solid, usable quality.

H. A. Dreer, in a 1910 booklet that they published, had this to say about 'Crimson Giant' radishes, "This variety is suitable both for forcing or early planting out of doors. A remarkable feature of this Radish is that it will grow double the size of other round red forcing Radishes and still remain solid. The ordinary forcing Radish, after growing to the size of two or three inches in circumference, becomes pithy, while the Crimson Giant will grow to six and seven inches in circumference and still remain solid and juicy, free from all signs of becoming soft.

I have not yet tried letting them get that big here on our farm so I cannot confirm Henry Dreer's claim. Perhaps this next summer I will let them grow for a few months. Each packet contains two grams, which is approximately 200 seeds.
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Planting Instructions: Radishes are generally very easy to grow. They are best when sown in spring or late summer but with care can be planted from February to September. Plant small amounts, 5 to 7 days apart for a steady supply.

Plant seeds directly outdoors as soon as soil can be worked. Plant ½ inch deep, ½ inch apart in rows at least 8 inches apart. Firm soil and keep moist until seedlings appear. Radishes have shallow root systems so do keep them watered.

Harvest as soon as roots reach desired size.