Champion Radish, also known as Cherry Belle radish, is a smooth, round radish with a bright red coloration. Champion Radish received its name based the record yields that it produces. At 25 days to maturity, it is extremely fast-growing and works great for short growing windows. Champion has a crisp, yet sweet flavor. Texture is best when harvested no larger than a golf ball. They produce strong tops, which allows for easy harvesting and removal from the soil. Champion also has excellent holding ability in the field during cool weather, which is great for situations where flexible harvest windows are required.
Radishes perform best when direct seeded with a walk-behind planter like our Hoss Garden Seeder. We recommend using a modified #1 plate or #2 plate with holes drilled to the appropriate size for the seed being used. Seed size can vary from one variety to the next, so seed plate hole size should always be calibrated to fit the seed being used. Radishes perform well when planted on double rows or on a “bed” with several rows planted closely together. This allows for maximization of garden space and the tops will help to shade any new weed development between closely planted rows.
Radishes grow best in cooler weather and should be planted in early spring or fall when temperatures have cooled. They prefer well-drained soil and will tend to split if soil conditions remain saturated for long periods of time. Radishes should be harvested at the ideal size for each variety. If allowed to get too large, they will become pithy and not as palatable. Once harvested, tops should be removed for optimal storage. Radishes with tops removed will store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Champion Radish Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed
When to Plant: early spring and fall
Planting Depth: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: 1″
Row Spacing: 6-12″
Days to Maturity: 25
Disease Tolerance: none