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Raphanus sativus 'French Breakfast'


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Plant type



Half hardy

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photo by Michael Howes, copyright GAP Photos (54273)

Plant details

This is one of the easiest and fastest vegetables of all, with summer varieties ready just three to four weeks after sowing. It is perfect for tucking between other vegetables as an intercrop, or as a catch crop for sowing wherever ground is empty for long enough. 'French Breakfast' is a popular summer variety with oval, crisp scarlet and white roots. Early thinning is important, or plants make leaf at the expense of usable roots. There are also cold-tolerant varieties for earlier and later sowing under glass or in frames, and large winter and Japanese radishes for maincrop use. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Brassicaceae

Genus: Raphanus

Species: sativus

Cultivar: French Breakfast

Plant type: Vegetable

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 15cm

Spread: 10cm

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