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Schifferstadt Long Black Radish (40 seeds) (WW161) $4.00
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Schifferstadt Long Black Radish

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This Pennsylvania Dutch heirloom traces to the historic village of Schifferstadt in the German Rhineland. In the 1600s the entire village devoted itself to the cultivation of this now-rare heirloom variety, which was originally cooked much like turnips. Brought to Pennsylvania in the 1700s, it thrives best in rich, light loamy soil. The black skinned roots can reach a length of 12 to 16 inches and weigh several pounds. Like daikon radishes, this old cultivar makes an excellent cover crop for loosening the soil. Plant seeds 6 to 8 inches apart for best sized roots. Since this a winter radish it should be planted in late August of early September. It will overwinter in the ground in Zone 7 and warmer. In colder parts of the country, lift in the late fall and store in tubs for replanting in the spring.
Schifferstadt Long Black Radish
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Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0

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Swamp Farmer
NE WI, WI, United States
July 21, 2018
Loves my site and weather
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0

What are the pros? vigorous

What are the cons? none as yet


These did very well in my cool maritime climate and heavier but well worked soil. Plants are very wide, leaves reach out 12-16 inches from center and lay almost flat to the ground. Planted 5/31, and about 7 weeks later lifted one that was 2.5 inches diameter, 9 inches long not including tap root, and this does not look to be the largest one. These seem to prefer my site more than the daikon and giant radishes grown almost along side. Not one has bolted as of middle of July. A bit spicy for my taste straight out of the garden, but peeled, sliced and overnighted in water put them right in my preferred hotness range. Replanting for a fall harvest, we'll see...

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