Rat's Tail Radish Seeds


This packet sows up to 13 feet.
4.6666666666667 out of 5 stars
(6 reviews)
Availability: In Stock
Instead of edible roots, this interesting radish of prehistoric origin is grown for the abundant, slender seed pods that grow above ground on the leafy, 2'–5' plants. The botanical name translates as, "radish with a tail", and it is also called aerial radish or spicy bean. The pods are crisp and tender with a more subtle spiciness than a typical root radish. Makes an interesting addition to vegetable trays, and is delicious pickled and in curries and stir-fry dishes. Plants continue to produce even in hot weather, making them a good summer replacement for cool-weather root radishes.
$2.29 250 mg (~18 seeds)

Botanical Name: Raphanus sativus var. mougri

Days to Maturity: 40–50 days

Family: Brassicaceae

Native: Unknown

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant annual

Plant Dimensions: 2'–5' tall, 12" wide

Variety Information: Slender, green 3"–12" pods with a mildly spicy flavor similar to root radishes. Pods will grow to 12", but best enjoyed at 3"–6". Rat's Tail radish is closely related to the common root radish, but it is an aerial radish that does not produce an edible root. Instead, it produces edible seed pods above ground. It can be grown in the spring, but also during the summer, as it withstands heat well. 'Rat's Tail' will not produce pods when temperatures fall below 45°F.

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is above 40°F, ideally 65°–85°F. Successive Sowings: Every 1 to 2 weeks until mid-summer.

When to Start Inside: Not recommended; roots sensitive to disturbance.

Days to Emerge: 5–10 days

Seed Depth: ½"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 6"–12"

Row Spacing: 24"

Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 6"–12"

Harvesting: Harvest pods when they are 3"–6" long. Harvest regularly to keep plants producing pods. Larger pods become hard, tough and bitter tasting so they should be picked and discarded to boost production of new pods.

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Rat's Tail Radish Seeds Reviews

6 reviews

Fun, But I Prefer

5 out of 5 stars Oct 16, 2018
I grew these this year and they were a lot of fun. It was hilarious trying to get family, neighbors and friends to guess what they were and then eat them. If you don't pick them young, they get woody and hard to chew. I do have to say, I prefer the flavor and texture of regular root radishes.
Lindsey from CO

Love This Radish Substitute!

5 out of 5 stars Aug 4, 2019
I love this plant. It is a great alternative to radishes for the summer. It gets so hot here in my zone 8b garden! I also love that it is quite the conversation starter when I add them to salads. Thanks for a great plant!
Priscilla Gadel from LA

Love, Love Rat Tail Radish

5 out of 5 stars Jan 23, 2020
We try to grow this year around. It is easy, fun, and nutritious. Good for me, but especially in the winter, for the beneficials, who need the flowers. The leaves and flowers are edible too. Stunningly attractive, even in January.
Nancy from TX

How to enjoy Rat-Tail Radish

5 out of 5 stars Apr 16, 2020
I first ate these in Hawaii. The Philippine community pickles them. Delicious plain or on salads. You can find a pickling recipe on the internet...I tried one and they were outstanding!
Julie Daniel from WA

DELICIOUS but Skimpy On Seeds

3 out of 5 stars Nov 12, 2020
I love the pods. It is the third time that I have grown them. EASY to grow; great bee attracter; My seeds got old and I forgot to save more from my last crop . But this time you guys gave me only 10 seeds! What a rip. All packaging.
Melissa from TX
Owner Response: Hi Melissa, We are sorry your seed packet was short on seeds--this can happen on rare occasion. We do guarantee our product and are always happy to make things right if we are made aware of the issue. A customer service agent will contact you soon to help.

Please Disregard Previous Review

5 out of 5 stars Dec 2, 2020
Yes I did complain about the few seeds and y'all immediately sent another package and I am a happy gardener now. Thank You Thank You. I must say that all of the original 10 seeds germinated REALLY quickly and are growing nicely through light frosts. I will be planting more in January or February. I can do that in Central Texas.
Melissa Eurich from TX

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