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How To Grow China Rose Radish Microgreens

China Rose

Raphanus sativus .L

China Rose Radish Microgreens have a pinkish-red stem and flavorful green cotyledons. They and add a refreshing and subtly piquant radish taste to salads and other dishes.

Quick Grow Info:

  •  Scientific Name: Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus ‘China Rose’.

  •  Flavor: Mild Pungent, Piquant Flavor

  •  Seed Rate: 25g-30g per 10″ x 20″ tray

  •  Seeds Per in2: 0.125g-0.15g

  •  Pre-Soak: No

  •  Weight Duration: 2-3 Days

  •  Germination Time: 2-3 Days

  •  Blackout Time: 1-2 Days

  •  Seed To Harvest: 5-7 Days

  •  Growing Difficulty: Easy

Did You Know
Fun Fact

Mature china rose radish in a woven basket

The China Rose Radish is a radish variety indigenous to China, Japan, and the western regions of Asia. It first appeared in China and rapidly spread to Europe and the Mediterranean. This particular type of heirloom radish is one of the oldest varieties brought to Europe by Jesuit missionaries in 1850.

Plant Details &
Grow Guide

Growing China Rose Radish Microgreens

If you’re looking to add a touch of sophistication and a subtle zing of radish, Radish China Rose microgreens are the perfect choice. These tiny greens not only bring visual appeal but also enhance the flavor of salads and garnishes with their mild radish taste. In just 5-7 days, you’ll have these microgreens ready to enjoy, adding a burst of nutrition to your meals.

Let’s delve into the steps involved in cultivating your very own Radish China Rose microgreens.

Step 1 Preparing Your China Rose Radish Seeds

Firstly, you’ll want to use a scale to measure your seeds. For a tray that’s 10″ × 20″ in size, the recommended seeding rate is between 25g and 30g. If you’re using a smaller tray measuring 10″ × 10″, simply divide the total amount by two, resulting in around 12.5g to 15g.

If you’re feeling a bit rebellious like me, you can skip the weighing process and just estimate the spacing between your seeds to be approximately ⅛ ¼” (3 6mm) apart.

Pro Tip 1
You can save a lot of time on measuring your seeds by using 2x tablespoons which is exactly 30 grams.

After you have measured your seeds, there is no need to wash or pre-soak them. The reason being that China Rose Radish seeds are small, with a diameter of about 3 to 4mm. If they get wet, it will become quite challenging to evenly distribute them on your growing medium.

Step 2 Sowing Your Seeds

Prepare your tray by choosing a medium you prefer, such as soil, potting mix, or coco coir. Leave a gap of about 1 to 2cm between the edge of the tray and the level of the medium.

Keeping this space between the tray edge and grow medium will be beneficial during harvesting, as it reduces the risk of accidentally digging into the medium with your knife or scissors.

Ensure that you distribute and level out the medium evenly using your hands. This will prevent clumps from forming and avoid seeds from grouping when you sow them.

Pro Tip 2
China Rose Radish loves well-draining and nutrient-rich growing medium for optimal growth.

Start by lightly spraying your growing medium with a spray bottle until it becomes slightly damp, but not overly saturated.

Next, carefully distribute the seeds evenly across the surface of the medium. Take your time to ensure that they are spread out in a uniform manner. Finally, give the seeds a gentle misting with water so that they are all covered with a fine layer of moisture.

Pro Tip 3
Radish ‘China Rose’ microgreens prefer a slightly acidic to neutral pH range of 6.0 to 7.0 for optimal growth.

Step 3 Germination & Weight Period

Take an empty tray without any holes and put it on top of the seeds you have planted. I usually use a 15lb (6.80kg) paving block for trays that are 10″ x 20″ or a 7lb (3.17 kg) brick for trays that are 10″ x 10″.

This assists the seed’s radicle in penetrating the soil when it starts to grow. Without any weight, the radicles find it more challenging to dig into the growing medium and establish firm roots.

Pro Tip 4
For successful germination, the ideal temperature range for Radish ‘China Rose’ microgreens is around 65°F to 75°F (18°C to 24°C)

Keep in mind that the seeds will germinate while they’re covered and weighed down. A lot of people confuse the germination and weight period to be independent of one another and that you add them together, this is incorrect.

The germination time is there to give you an idea by what time the seeds will germinate, but you don’t add the germination time and blackout period together.

While your seeds are germinating and are weighed down you will need to keep your medium moist. You can do this by lightly misting your seeds every 12 hours, once in the morning and once at night.

Step 4 Blackout Time

After allowing the seeds to rest for about 2 to 3 days, they should have sprouted and now you can carefully lift the empty tray. It’s time to remove the weight and begin the blackout phase.

Take your empty tray and flip it over to create a dome that blocks out light. Place it back over your seeds.

By keeping them in darkness for another 1 to 2 days, the newly sprouted seedlings will naturally stretch and reach out for light, helping them grow taller.

Now you can start watering your china rose radish microgreens from the bottom. Simply add water to the drainage tray underneath. Personally, I recommend adding 1 cup of water twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening (every 12 hours).

Once the blackout period of 1 to 2 days is over, you can remove the top tray or blackout dome and expose your microgreens to light. I’ve found that providing them with 17 hours of light followed by a 7 hour break works well for me.

Continue growing your China Rose Radish microgreens for around 5 to 7 days, remembering to water them daily with approximately 2 cups of water per day. Once every 12 hours.

Step 5 Harvest

Harvesting your china rose microgreens is straightforward that only requires a sharp tool. Personally, I absolutely love using the Green Mercer Produce Knife—I highly recommend it! But if you prefer scissors, that’s also completely fine; just make sure they’re sharp!

Now, here’s an important tip to keep your harvest pristine; make sure to keep your chosen tool (whether it’s a knife or scissors) away from the soil! It’s imperative in avoiding any accidental contact between the blade and the soil, you don’t want any unwanted dirt from sneaking into your microgreen harvest and contaminating it.

By following this important pointer, you’ll ensure that your harvested microgreens are of top notch quality and purity.

Plant Details & Taxonomy

China Rose Radish is an annual plant that produces a visually attractive and delicious microgreen with pinkish-red stems, and a subtle, piquant radish flavor.

It typically contains around 300-320 seeds per gram.

These microgreens are ideal for beginners as they grow quickly and require minimal maintenance.

They add a refreshing taste with a mild pungent essence, adding a delightful crunch to salads or giving sandwiches an extra zing.

Source: The botanical data and taxonomic details were acquired from the USDA Plants Database

Rank Scientific Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Dilleniidae
Order Capparales
Family Brassicaceae – Mustard family
Genus Raphanus L. – radish
Species Raphanus sativus L. – cultivated radish
Variety Raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus ‘China Rose’
Common Names Rose Colored China Radish, Red Meat Radish, Watermelon Radish, Red Meat Winter Radish

Microgreen Pests & Diseases

The following are the most common pests and diseases that can affect your microgreens.


White Mold – Sclerotinia sclerotiorum

Sclerotinia sclerotiorum is a necrotrophic fungal disease that causes what’s known as white mold, it can infect over 400 plant species worldwide. It’s also called cottony soft rot, stem rot, watery soft rot, crown rot, and seedling blight.

S. sclerotiorum key properties are its ability to create sclerotia which are its black resting structures, and mycelium which are the white fuzzy spiderweb-like growths you see on stems and growing medium.

microgreens suffering from damping off disease

Damping Off

Damping-off is an umbrella term that covers fungi and fungi-like organisms in several genera including Rhizoctonia, Botrytis, Phytophthora, and Fusarium, with the soil fungus Pythium being the often culprit.

Damping-off is a soil-borne fungal disease that affects seeds and seedlings typically by rotting of the stems and roots at and below the soil surface.

When a seed germinates the seedling will emerge fine but within 24 hours to a few days will become mushy and water-soaked, collapse at the base of the stem and die.

Aphids crawling on a plant stem

Aphids – Aphidoidea

Aphids suck! Quite literally. They’re soft-bodied insects that use their piercing-sucking mouths to feed on plants and there are over 4,000 aphid species in the world.

Other common names are greenflies, blackflies, and plant lice. They come in varying colors such as light green, black, white, brown, gray, or yellow.

When aphids feed on plants they secrete a sticky fluid which is called honeydew (no, don’t eat it). This goo they leave behind drips onto plants and can attract other pests such as ants. If the honeydew is left on leaves it can promote black sooty mold.

China Rose Radish Nutrition Facts

China Rose microgreens are highly nutritious, containing 43 Kcal, 3.6g of carbs, and 3.81g of protein per serving.

They are an excellent source of energy, rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.

Vitamin A and Folate are found in significant amounts, along with iron, magnesium, and manganese.

They are cholesterol-free and add great flavor and nutrition to salads and other dishes.

Nutrition value per 100 g. (Source: USDA National Nutrient Database). Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) calculation based on data from NIH Nutrient Recommendations and Database.

Note: Percent Daily Values are calculated based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare professional for personalized recommendations.

Principle Nutrient Value Unit RDA
Energy 43 Kcal 2%
Carbohydrates 3.6 g 3%
Protein 3.81 g 7%
Total Fat 2.53 g 4%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 1.6 g 4%
Choline 0 mg 0%
Folate 95 µg 24%
Selenium, Se 0.6 µg 1%
Vitamin A 391 µg 521%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 0.102 mg 9%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.103 mg 8%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 2.85 mg 18%
Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxin) 0.285 mg 22%
Vitamin C 28.9 mg 32%
Vitamin E 0 mg 0%
Vitamin K 0 µg 0%
Sodium, Na 6 mg 0.40%
Potassium, K 86 mg 1.83%
Calcium, Ca 51 mg 5.10%
Copper, Cu 0.12 mg 13.33%
Iron, Fe 0.86 mg 10.75%
Magnesium, Mg 44 mg 10.73%
Manganese, Mn 0.26 mg 11.30%
Phosphorus, P 113 mg 16.14%
Zinc, Zn 0.56 mg 5.09%
β-Carotene, beta 0 µg 0.00%
α-Carotene, alpha 0 µg 0.00%
Lutein + zeaxanthin 0 µg 0.00%

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About The Author: Hello there! I'm Milos Vukcevic, the founder of Microgreen Silo. Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BAgSci) from Massey University, New Zealand, and 18 years of hands-on growing experience, my expertise lies in cultivating and nurturing various plants and microgreens.

At Microgreen Silo, my mission extends beyond cultivating these nutritious plants. I'm dedicated to sharing knowledge, pioneering innovative techniques, and building a community of microgreen enthusiasts.

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