All radish plants will form seed pods and they will be edible too. But a handful of radish varieties have been bred specifically to put their deliciousness into their pods and they produce prodigious amounts of them. So you don't have to worry about the plants bolting and you can grow them all summer.
DescriptionEdible podded radish plants look very similar to traditional radish plants except that the flowers are allowed to go to seed and form seed pods.b
- Leaves: 'Rat's Tail' radish are in the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae family and the leaves have wavy lobes. The plants don't produce a lot of foliage and can be floppy even before they start setting pods.
- Flowers: The flowers are pale pink and white and quickly develop into pods. While in flower, they attract all sorts of butterflies. As cruciferous vegetables, their 4-petaled flowers from the familiar cross.
Common Name:Rat Tailed, Rat's Tail, Edible Podded Radish
Radishes are fast growers in general and edible podded radishes are no exception. 'Rat's Tail' will produce for weeks, but to insure a long harvest, succession plant at 2 week intervals, throughout the growing season. Unlike bulbing radishes, 'Rat's Tail' loves warm weather. Pods will form faster in heat and you'll need to harvest regularly or the plants will stop setting flowers.
Soil: Radishes like a faily neutral soil pH of around 6.0 to 7.0. Edible podded radishes are a bit more forgiving of soil because they are not forming underground bulbs.
Maintenance:These are sprawling plants with long, spindly stems. They will start to flop when the flowers open and really need some type of support to lean against. Unless your soil is very poor, you should not need any supplemental fertilizer. More important is regular water, at least 1 inch per week, especially while the pods are forming. Once the pods start forming. Keep them picked. Larger pods will get tough and unpalatable. If you keep harvesting, plants should continue to produce for 4-8 weeks. However to insure a long harvest, succession plant every 2-3 weeks.
If you plan to save seeds, do not let 'Rat's Tail' cross pollinate with conventional radish varieties.