|'Purple-Podded', also known as 'Rat's Tail, 'Rat-Tailed', and 'Japan' is an heirloom radish from Japan. This variety does not develop an edible root, but is grown for its purple seed pods, which are long and thin and can grow to 12 inches long. The sweet-smelling flowers are attractive to butterflies. The plants should be staked, because the seed pods can make them top heavy, especially after rain. Depending on the variety you want to grow, your radishes will have different sowing times. Small globe types should come first. Plant diakon types after the hottest days of summer or they will bolt.
Radishes like light, sandy soil which is cultivated deep, depending on the length of the variety you are growing. Sow short rows 6 inches apart, and water the seed bed if weather is dry to encourage rapid germination. Diakon types should be sown 8-10 inches apart. Globe types should be mature within a month, and should be eaten then before they become dry or pithy. If they bolt, you can use the seedpods in stirfry, and they are spicy like the root. Diakon and winter radishes can take as long as 3 months to reach harvesting size.