rustyboltz
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Radishies not Producing

This is my first posting to the forum because I have been reading about gardening and, I must say, it has helped me alot.
But, I have a problem that I would like to ask about. I am growing some radishes this year and have growed several batches so far. Each batch produces a good crop of greenery above the ground. There are no yellow leaves and I have very little bugs eating the leaves. But, I am having a problem with the plant producing the radish. If it does not produce a radius, it acts like the part of the stem that should be in the ground producing the radish is above the ground. The reason I say that is because when I pull them out of the ground, I immediately get the root system.
Am I not planting the radish seed deep enough in the ground? I think I am planting them about 1/2" but it sure seems like maybe I need to put the seed deeper in the ground. Any ideas? How do you plant seeds like radishes so they are at the proper depth?

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Re: Radishies not Producing

Plant the seeds according to directions on the seed packet. Thin them out to give them space to make bulbs. Radishes don't do well in hot weather is my experience. Perhaps put your location in your sig line or posts to let us know where you are located.

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Re: Radishies not Producing

A few things keep radishes and other root crops that form bulbs
1 Too much nitrogen will give you lush top growth at the expense of roots. Use a low nitrogen fertilzer.
2 Spacing. You need to thin plants to their mature spacing. A radish is about an inch to an inch and a half so you need to give them that much space for the bulbs to grow. Two inches would probably be better, 4 inches for beets and turnips.
3. Acidic soil. Acidic soil makes micronutrients more available and more nitrogen available but less calcium and phosphorus.
http://www.epicgardening.com/ph-nutrient-availability.
Roots do better in more neutral to slightly alkaline conditions.
4. They really like bone meal

Try this. If you have not gotten a soil test it really helps. A soil test will actually tell you what your conditions are and guide you to your best plant choices and how to optimize pH and nutrients for what you want to plant.

In a pot with MG potting soil plant your radishes. You don't need a very deep pot a wine box 4-6 inches deep is all you need.
If you can get garden tone and bone meal mix 2 parts garden tone with one part bone meal.
Plant the radishes 2 inches apart to the depth on the back of the package. I plant 1/4-1/2 inch deep. Keep soil moist. until they germinate. It should take less than a week. When you get true leaves. side dress with the garden tone and bone meal.
Keep soil evenly moist.
When the bulbs form they will push themselves out of the ground 1/3 will be below and the rest will be above. Radishes are ready in about 21-30 days depending on the weather.

This will work with beets too.

My community garden is alkaline with a pH of 7.7 so beets do better there than in my home garden with a pH of 6.0. In my home garden I get lots of leaves and the only beet that grew a bulb to any size was the one that grew in the pathway outside of the garden. I have way too much residual nitrogen in my home garden.

Most potting soils have had dolomite lime added to it so they are about pH 6.5 and they have some starter fertilizer so you could actually skip the side dressing if you want to. Do not use moisture control unless you live where it never rains,.
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rustyboltz
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Re: Radishies not Producing

I appreciate the above information. It is very helpful. I did not know that the radishes like the soil slightly alkaline. I have been thinning them so they are about 3" apart. I will thry the soil and report back.

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Re: Radishies not Producing

Most bulbing plants will do better in more alkaline soil. They will grow in more acidic soils but they don't like a lot of nitrogen. I experimented and tried a side dressing with just sustane and with sustane and bone meal and the sustane and bonemeal produced bigger bulbs and the pH was around 6.0. Root crops in general also need to have a lot of water so they like an evenly moist soil. They are good candidates for sip containers.
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