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So, I was all excited about our Easter Egg radishes this year. I have been patiently waiting to pull up a big, egg sized radish and munch into it. Our radishes are now looking like they are about to flower, and I pulled up a couple, and they are tiny. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> They just look like colored tap roots, and they taste HOT.<br>
Did I start them too late? They are all leaves and no root. At least I found a couple of recipes for radish greens.<br>
Anyone know why this happened? Anyone ever eaten radish greens? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Have you had your soil tested? Is the soil loose? The first two things I'd think of is maybe too much of something (like nitrogen?) that would cause the plant to leaf out but not grow a strong root...or soil that is too compacted and so the root is unable to get big and strong.<br><br>
And I have always been told (as our radishes are ALWAYS hot when we grow them at home) that homegrown radishes are just hotter than store bought ones.<br><br>
I'm interested to hear others' opinions!
 

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I agree on the pp about the soil, the only time we have had that happen is when the soil wasn't soft enough for them.<br><br>
As for the temp of the radish, the earlier you have them in the ground the better. When we start ours the beginning of April and they are ready in May they are way better than if we start them later. The temp outside is supposed to impact the temp of the radish. Does that make sense?<br>
I prefer the not to hot tasting ones and ours that we do early early and really late (when peas do the best) are always the best. The amount of water that they get also impacts the hot too.<br><br>
Hugs<br>
Jessica
 

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Yes ^^^ The more you water, the less hot radishes you will get. Though, I looove mine to be hot hot hot!!
 
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