Packet Content (approx.): 520 (1.5g)
Closely related to Mibuna; pencil thin white stalks with serrated, dark green leaves. A very prolific cropper which will reform after cutting.
Oriental vegetables have led to the wider culinary use of speciality leaves to salads. The colour, texture, shape and flavour adds interest to babyleaf salad mixes
This oriental brassica is both fast growing and highly productive if given the right conditions. It requires an open situation with fertile, well-drained, moisture-retentive soil (pH 6.5 or 5.8 on peaty soils). Being fast-growing the soil must be rich in organic matter and high in nitrogen.
It is susceptible to excessive salt concentrations, and never does well in poor, dry soil.
Being generally shallow-rooted, water is important so water little and often.
Radish F1 Red Stemmed is very temperature-sensitive, especially in relation to bolting, but improved F1 cultivars and crop management should minimise this risk.
Temperature during propagation should be 18oC min., then when planting out in modules at the 2-3 leaf stage, a min. of 7oC is required.
The crop can be stored in a cold store at 1oC and 90-95% R.H. for 2-3 weeks.
Cultural Instructions Sow from June Minimum germination temperature is 18oC, with an optimum of 20-25oC. Sow into blocks or modules - do not transplant bare-root seedlings.
Germination should take about 7-12 days. Plant up the young plants at approx 30cm within and 30-40cm between rows.
The Babyleaf can be harvest in 30-35 days main crop matures around 8-10 weeks after sowing.
Often expensive when shop bought, so grow your own - it's easy from seed and more satisfying!
Be prepared to water well and supplement feed with high-potash feed during season.
Regular feeding is recommended.