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Growing Daikon, also Japanese radish, Lo Bok

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(Best months for growing Daikon in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Direct in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 68°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 6 inches apart
  • Harvest in 8-10 weeks. Dig daikon carefully. They are rather brittle..
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Chervil, cress,lettuce, leeks, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes
  • Avoid growing close to: Gherkins, hyssop
  • Mature daikon

A long white radish, milder flavour than the small round or oval radishes. Most varieties of Daikon prefer cooler weather. Have a tendency to 'bolt' or flower early in warm/hot weather. Choose a variety to suit your climate. Grow in deep soil and water regularly. They will grow as big as large parsnips if left but the best flavour seems to be when they are about the size of a carrot.

Can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks if washed and dried and the leaves cut off.

A range of varieties of Daikon is available, some will do better in warm areas.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Daikon

Daikon radish can be eaten simmered, stir fried, grated, pickled or baked. Its leaves are also edible and can be used in recipes that call for turnip greens, and its seeds make sprouts to eat in salads or in sandwiches.

Your comments and tips

10 Jan 19, Cindy (Australia - tropical climate)
I'd like to grow daikon but live in tropical zone. Can you suggest any particular seed that is better suited to hot climate?
15 Jan 19, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I bought some from Boondie seeds on line.
14 Jan 19, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Grow in the autumn and winter is my tip.
16 Dec 18, Patricia (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Would like to know which variety to plant. Summer rainfall. Hot summer. Pretty cold winters. Highveld . Eastern Mapumalanga.
16 Dec 18, Patricia Trollip (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Would like to grow them for cattle. Remember them as a child. But dont know anything else. Any advise welcome.
24 Oct 18, Loulou (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I think daikon is a winter vegetable.. planting now will go straight to flower and therefor don't send the nutrients anymore to root. I plant mine beginning of autumn, when summer temperatures are gone. Tried a second end crop, sown mid august (in tray in green house), but it went to flower beginning of october. I'm in the Blue Mountains.
31 Oct 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Plants that go to flower and seed quickly generally the soil is poor.
25 Oct 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have some about 3 weeks old and some just germinated a few days ago. I pulled some out about 3 weeks ago. Will see how they go.
05 May 17, Gareth Lusty (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Here is a Giant White Radish (Raphanus sativus) https://duckduckgo.com/?q=daikon+radish+picture&t=h_&ia=images (Couldn't use your link, Gareth - Ed.)
24 Apr 17, Awhi Kingi (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I think I have some Daikon radishes in the garden that sprouted from birdseed , they are getting quite large . no one I know can identify them . I was hoping you might be able to look at the photo's for me and see what you think ? I'm a very new gardener but loving it
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