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Showing schedule for Southern England in United Kingdom

Soil facts and preparation

Quick facts..

  • Soil Type Well Drained
  • Ideal Ph range 6.0 to 8.0
  • Site Shady
Moisture retaining soil, free from large stones and out of the full glare of the sun is ideal. Do not manure within a year of sowing, as with most root vegetables. Daikon will grow best in fertile crumbly soil. Note do not plant where Brassicas (Broccoli, Cauliflower etc) have been grown in the past two years.

Sowing and planting

Quick facts..

  • Germination 7 to 12 days
  • Sow 20mm deep
  • Sow Spacing 250mm
  • Rows 300mm apart
Sow thinly and as the seedlings appear thin weeker seedling periodically to an eventual spacing of about 25cm. Do not attempt to transplant seedlings. You can create rows in small trenches to aid earthing up as roots grow

Growing a bumper crop

Soil must be kept, do not over water as this may cause the roots to split as the plant matures. Earth up the roots as they grow to just below the plant stem. Take care when when weeding as damaging the roots can entice pests and diseases

Harvesting the fruits of your labour

Quick facts..

  • Yield 2000g per plant
Harvest as required when the roots are about 25cm long. Dig up the root gently with a fork and lift. Roots can be stored for up to 2 months in a cool dry place. Pack in boxes of sand to reduce the risk of perishing.

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