Seed Swaps

Radish 'Champion'

Raphanus sativus

  • 39 plantings
  • 11 available for swap
  • 3 wanted
  • 52 stashed

Champion is part of the Raphanus genus and is a Radish variety. Its scientific name is Raphanus sativus 'Champion'. Champion is a (open pollinated) variety.

A 1957 All-America Selections Winner. Champion is a bright red, crisp, round radish with large tops. Flesh is white and crisp, and slow to get pithy. Noted for record yields. Outstanding keeping ability. A good choice for early or late plantings. Matures quickly.

Champion grows as an Annual and is a Vegetable. Being an Annual, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year. Normally grows to a mature height of 13.0 cm (5.07 inches). Expect blooming to occur in mid summer.

Typically, Champion 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 Champion have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Champion

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Once your radishes germinate, keep them watered as evenly as possible.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Champion 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. Champion requires a loamy, clay and sandy soil with a ph of 5.5 - 6.8 - it grows best in weakly acidic soil.

Growing Champion 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 Champion about 28 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Champion

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 °F / 4 °C 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 Champion is a tender plant.

Harvesting Champion