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Schifferstadt Long Black Radish
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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.

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