You’re using radishes and see that you’ve got a bunch leftover, leaving you wondering if you can grow more radishes from radishes. Well, a lot of vegetable plants can be started from this, after saving specific vegetable pieces to plant them. The easiest vegetables you can plant from its own cuttings are celery, lettuce, potatoes, and even radishes, growing best in USDA hardiness zones 2 to 10.
This is why many people can get started with growing white radishes from cuttings or seeds and are actually quite easy to do. In fact, many gardeners claim that these some of the easiest to grow.
The question is: How can you do it? Read on as I show you how to grow white radish from cuttings!
How to Grow White Radish From Cuttings
Radishes truly earned its reputation for being one of the easiest vegetable plants to grow. Its seeds germinate quickly, children plant these to kick off their gardening hobbies, and beginner gardeners can reap quality crops provided that they give their crops the optimum environment.
But what if you start growing radishes from cuttings as opposed to seeds? Here are the standard steps you should follow:
- Cut your radish around 1 inch from its root end with a kitchen knife. Get the root ends to plant. Your radishes need to be cut before harvesting so you have larger roots for regrowing. While you can regrow radishes from its top, you need to make sure their roots are attached.
- Cover the whole cut surface of your radish root in germination gel, spreading it over the surface evenly with your fingers.
- Dig a hole around 2 inches in the soil with a garden hoe. Place your root end in the hole, covering it with the soil afterward.
- Dig rows of holes about 2 inches apart from one another. When digging another row, make sure to space it 10 inches away from the other row.
- Store other radishes to use in the future, whether for cooking and eating or regrowing. I’ll be talking more about the care, harvesting, and storage of radishes in the next section.
- Afterward, begin planting radishes as you normally would, making sure that they are watered regularly, with appropriate sunlight, quality soil, and in good temperature. Fertilize as needed and monitor its growth to prevent pest infestations.
Do you want to learn more about regrowing white radishes from their own cuttings? Here is an insightful video to check out:
Bonus Tips on Growing Radishes
Besides the basic steps I mentioned above, here are extra tips that can help you grow white radishes from cuttings properly:
- You can plant radishes during the spring and fall, but take note that while radish plants like sunny areas, they don’t like extremely hot temperatures. Plant your radishes 4-6 weeks before your area’s last frost, or 4-6 weeks before the first frost.
- If you plan to add more radish cuttings for regrowth, do so every 10 days after each batch, provided that the weather is still cool enough.
- Choose soil that isn’t easily compacted and if your garden doesn’t have a lot of organic matter, add all-purpose fertilizer or aged compost, removing any rocks or dirt clumps. Furthermore, the soil needs to be planted in moist and fertile soil.
- As your radishes are growing, weed the area regularly, watering the crops every three days for better root development.
- You can begin harvesting radishes as soon as 20 days after planting, doing so by harvesting the entire crop at once. Remove the leaves and place the radishes in the fridge, which can last for up to 3 weeks. If it’s a hot day, pull out the radishes and place your harvest in cold water.
- When storing, you can place them in a root cellar or place unwashed vegetables with their roots intact in a plastic zippered storage bag (like a Ziploc). Place a damp and folded paper towel at the bottom of your bag, placing it in the crisper drawer of your fridge.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac recommends that we plant radish from seeds rather than from cuttings as you shouldn’t disturb the plants’ roots. However, it is still possible, provided that you plant its tops with the roots attached, as mentioned above.
When you have thriving radish plants, look for the firmest and smallest radishes, planting them again in the soil to grow even more radishes. This is the most productive by many radishes because once the radishes will take, you can harvest them quicker. But similar to planting radishes as seeds, you will get one radish per root.
Wrapping It Up
You don’t need to be a top-notch gardener or scientist to regrow radishes, even beginner gardeners can do it on their own by replanting the root. And if you live in a place that doesn’t freeze, you’ll be able to plant radish through its roots or seeds all year long! It’s simple, provided that the cuttings you use have their roots attached.
I hope that this short guide on how to grow white radish from cuttings helped you out! If you want to get started as well, get some of your radish cuttings and follow these tips now.