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Hello all, quick question for you all,

Being as my other half is from japan, we have decided to try and grow a bunch of japanese vegies.

The two main ones are the japanese 'negi' (big, sweet leek spring onion thing)
And the radish, which they call daikon.

The Negi I imagine should grow fine but I am not sure about the radish...

Has anyone had much luck with root vegies in a media bed? If so, is there some recommendations? Lower the water level ect ect..?

Thanks in advance guys, looking forward to getting the seeds in.
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Expanded clay is probably the media of choice as it is much lighter and easily makes way for the growing veg. Root crops can be a bit hit and miss though, wicking beds are usually a better growing method.

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We grew lots of daikon radish in media beds with expanded clay, they grow well and tend to push up and out of the media as they can't grow down far.

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Awesome news! Luckily for me my beds are expanded clay, about 400-450 deep.

If they get big enough to hit the bottom, i will not be complaining.

Now to wait for the next moon cycle (does it really make a difference?? Seems hard to believe :p) and throw some seeds into the bed.

Does everyone direct seed radishes or outside, and replant?

Thanks again everyone

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We always direct seeded, and get them in now.... :thumbright:

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Hey guys, sorry to bring this one back up.

I've got a whole bed seeded and sprouting, but I've been thinking...

This bed I changed to constant flood, to avoid my bed flooding and stealing all my little baby's.

But.. will root vegies survive in constant flood? Or once they have established, should I change back to flood and drain?

Thanks guys :)

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Don't stress, which ever way will be fine, for memory we grew them in constant flood and flood and drain.

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Awesome, great to hear. Thanks for the heads up :)

Man, they grow quickly from seed though! Much faster than seedlings

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Hey all, sorry for the thread bump. Had a member contact me about how these went, so I've chucked a couple of photos up to show.
They never did develop as fully as some you will find in the japanese supermarkets, but that could very well be a different type. Mine are just from an eden seed packet. Next time I go, I'll have to try and aquire some seeds.

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This last photo shows one that had a slight bit of rot on the end. Rest of it was fine, just had to trim a couple of inches off.
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Growing them again this season, fingers crossed for a healthier crop

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mr water wrote:
Hey all, sorry for the thread bump.

Never apologise for pics of awesome veges! Those look delicious. :thumbleft:

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Out of curiosity what do they taste like? Never tried one and they look like really cool plants to grow and I love radishes. So if the taste is similar to a typical radish I may try my hand at some of these in the future.

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Out of curiosity what do they taste like? Never tried one and they look like really cool plants to grow and I love radishes. So if the taste is similar to a typical radish I may try my hand at some of these in the future.

Hm they are definitely more mild in my experience. Of course, grown in summer they still have a mild bite but nothing severe. If grown in winter they almost have no bite what so ever.

Great pickled, or diced up in a nice bit of miso soup, in salads, i dont mind them really!
Not strong tasting though, so I'm not sure what the general consensus is.

They are amazingly hardy and quick growing seeds though!

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