Raphanus sativus 'Cherry Belle'
radish 'Cherry Belle'
'Cherry Belle' has small round roots with bright red skin and crisp white flesh which has a mild, sweet flavour and is slow to turn woody. Radishes, Raphanus sativus, are annuals or biennials which germinate fast and grow fast, with lobed, dark green leaves to about 15-20cm high, and succulent, sharp-tasting edible enlarged taproots which can be harvested about four weeks after sowing, and can be round, tapering, or cylindrical, and have red, white, green, yellow, purple, or black skin, while the flesh is usually white but may be red or purple; if plants are left long enough, for example when grown as a cover crop or green manure, to grow to about 90cm then they can produce white or pale lilac flowers which provide both nectar and pollen for bees.
Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height1–2 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
South–facing or West–facing or East–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
Raphanus can be annual, biennial or perennial herbaceous plants, often with lyrate, glaucous leaves, small, four-petalled flowers and indehiscent fruits. Edible species are cultivated as annual vegetables (radish)
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in full light or light shade, ideally in light, rich, near-neutral, and moist but well-drained soil; sow seed at frequent intervals from early spring to late summer, so that there is a succession of crops; sow in rows 15cm apart, at a depth of 1-2cm, and sow at or thin to a spacing of about 3 cm apart, and harvest them when young so that they do not become woody; for more advice, see radish cultivation
Propagate by seed sown 1-2cm deep, from early spring to late summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- City and courtyard gardens
- Flower borders and beds
No pruning required
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.