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Radish 'French Breakfast'   

Raphanus sativus

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French Breakfast is part of the Raphanus genus and is a Radish variety. Its scientific name is Raphanus sativus 'French Breakfast'. French Breakfast is a heirloom (open pollinated) variety. This variety typically produces fruit in the following colours:   Red and   White.

Able to withstand a little heat, but mostly for cool season planting. Among the earliest radishes. Best grown in spring.

These radishes have a delicate, but still zippy, flavor and an even texture. The roots are elongated and bi-colored, with red bodies and white tips. Harvest when roots are 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) long, as they will get hot and pithy at larger sizes.

Because of their shape, these radishes work very well as crudités. They are not for long-term storage, but can be refrigerated for a week or two without ill effect.

A type of Vegetable, it mainly grows as an Annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Normally grows to a mature height of 15.0 cm (5.85 inches). Expect blooming to occur in mid summer.

France is believed to be where French Breakfast originates from.

Typically, French Breakfast Radish is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow - only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about French Breakfast have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow French Breakfast

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Once your radishes germinate, keep them watered as evenly as possible. Do not over water, but don’t let them dry out either. French Breakfast is a bit pickier about even watering than other radish varieties.

French Breakfast likes a position of full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that French Breakfast is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside. Use USDA Hardiness Zone 5 - 14 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. French Breakfast requires a loamy, clay and sandy soil with a ph of 5.5 - 6.8 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil.

Growing French Breakfast from seed

Try to aim for a seed spacing of at least 0.98 inches (2.5 cm) and sow at a depth of around 0.47 inches (1.2 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 13°C / 55°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing French Breakfast about 28 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting French Breakfast

Sow in stone-free soil in early spring to early summer, and again in late summer for fall crop (if desired). Thrives in cool weather. Make successive sowings every 2 weeks.

The recommendation for most root radishes is to directly sow them 4 weeks prior to your last frost date. However, you can start sowing as soon as the ground has thawed and air temperatures are averaging over 40 degrees on most days. Depending on what your springs are like (short and fast, long and drawn out), these conditions may emerge much sooner than or much later than the 4 week guide might suggest. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as French Breakfast is a tender plant.

Harvesting French Breakfast

Expect harvests to start to occur in early spring.

Other Names for Radish 'French Breakfast'

Petit Dejeuner

Latest Radish 'French Breakfast' Reviews

  • when these grew any size, they became hollow in the middle. According to Terry, they still tasted good. Try another kind next time.

    0 stars

    HollyBee about growing Radish 'French Breakfast'
  • Planted these late in the spring for an early June harvest. The radishes grew fantastic! They were quite spicy though, too spicy for us, going to pickle them and try again in the Fall/cool weather!

    3 stars

    AAshleySEG about growing French Breakfast Radish
  • Thinned

    5 stars

    rae about growing Radish (French Breakfast)

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