Radishes are a fast-growing vegetable, available for harvest about three weeks after planting the seeds. Radishes need to be harvested from the ground once they reach the mature stage to maintain their healthy condition.
As a cool-weather crop, radishes are usually planted during the fall and approximately six weeks before the last frost. Keep 2 inches between the seeds, as radishes do not grow well when they are too crowded. They need a sufficient amount of sun to sprout quickly. Nearby plants can provide too much shade, which prolongs the length of time from seed to sprout. The Old Farmer's Almanac recommends consecutive planting of radishes every two weeks for continued rotation of the vegetable.Learn More
Seeds need warmth and water to germinate. Every seed contains an embryonic plant that sprouts and begins to grow when conditions are right. Until that time, the tiny plant inside the seed is protected by a hard seed coating. The seed coating begins to soften when exposed to the right combination of moisture and warmth and swells as water and oxygen are taken in, making conditions right for sprouting.Full Answer >
Before planting the seed, first moisten the soil. Next, dig a small hole,Â place a seed inside and cover itÂ with soil averaging about three times the seed's thickness. SomeÂ seeds have different needs and requirements, so it is important to read the seed packet before planting.Full Answer >
While some seeds require light to germinate, other types of seeds germinate better in the dark. Most seeds are indifferent to light when germinating. Seeds from plants native to forests, rain forests and jungles are more likely to require darkness than plants native to high-sun areas.Full Answer >
Start seeds indoors by planting them in small containers of moistened soil-free potting mix, watering and then covering the containers loosely with plastic to trap heat and moisture. Keep the containers in a warm, draft-free location, and watch for sprouts. Remove the plastic when the seeds sprout, and water regularly.Full Answer >