Daikon Radish

  • Scentific name: Raphanus sativus longipinnatus
  • Excellent cover crop
  • Efficiently breaks up shallow layers of compacted soils
  • Roots add additional nutrients throughout the winter

Quantity is per pound. Example: 1 = 1 lb, 2 = 2 lbs, 3 = 3lbs, etc. This is pure seed, not a live plant.



Daikon Radish
Scientific Name: Raphanus sativus var. Longipinnatus

Learn about the benefits of using Daikon Radish seed (Raphanus sativus longipinnatus) as a cover crop from this Texas Farmer (video credits to the Texas Farm Bureau)


Daikon Radishes grow to form thick, yellow-white tap roots that can reach lengths of 8-14 inches. Most of the radish is underground. Daikon Radish (Raphanus sativus longipinnatus) have proven to efficiently break up shallow layers of compacted soils. Many have nicknamed Daikon Radishes “biodrills” or “tillage radishes.” The advantages of using this radish seed as a cover crop doesn’t stop there. As the roots die over the winter they add nutrients and leave channels so that the soil dries and warms up faster in the spring.

Drill 10-13 lbs/per acre at a depth of 1/4 – 1/2 inches. Drilling gives a much better stand, so broadcasting should be reserved for when the soil is too wet to drill.  Use on smooth seedbed, well-drained but with adequate moisture. For best results, roll the ground after seeding to improve contact.

When to Plant
Plant 4-10 weeks before frost. (Late August is ideal. Early September in warm sites.)

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(Raphanus sativus)

Daikon Radish Cover Crop Information Sheet

PDF version of Daikon Radish

Prepared By: Southern Cover Crop Council

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(Raphanus sativus)

Oilseed Radish NRCS Plant Guide and Fact Sheet

PDF version of NRCS Plant Guide and Fact Sheet

Prepared By: Alayna Jacobs, USDA-NRCS Booneville
Plant Materials Center, Arkansas
Citation: Jacobs, Alayna A. 2012. USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Booneville Plant Materials Center. Booneville, AR 72927.

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Many plants have more than one common and scientific name. We've listed a few of them below.

  • Daikon Radish
  • Raphanus sativus var. Longipinnatus
  • Japanese radish
  • Chinese radish

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