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Photo: Radish Sprouts - Frances Bea
Photo: Radish Sprouts
I took this extreme close-up shot of some radish sprouts having been growing about four days. Click on the image to zoom in further. (On most browsers you can see the largest size image by clicking again on the first larger image you see.) You can see the radish seeds in the picture shedding their reddish-brown skins. For a scale reference, see the size of dry radish seeds in the photo below. My favorite thing about the growing radish sprouts is how the roots grow a fuzz of tiny hairs questing after water. When I rinse them the water will weigh the hairs down and temporarily stick them to the sides of the main trunk of the root. A good zoom lens is able to see the effect in much better detail than the human eye, so I took this picture largely to get a better look myself.

I see the same effect on my broccoli sprouts all the time, but the broccoli seeds and their roots are even smaller than the radishes.


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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 15th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

wow - fuzzy radish sprouts

those pictures are really fantastic!! Can't believe I eat those fuzzies. but they sure are delicious!
From: (Anonymous) Date: July 23rd, 2007 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)


From: (Anonymous) Date: November 18th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Methods of procedure

What methods do you use to grow your plants so fast?
frances_bea From: frances_bea Date: November 20th, 2007 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Methods of procedure

I think this is a normal, healthy speed for radish sprouts to grow. They are young enough that they don't yet need soil or fertilizer. I just soak the seeds for 8 to 12 hours, then rinse them a couple of times a day keeping them moist and clean. In less than a week they are ready to eat. I keep the growing seeds in plastic sprouting trays.

Some types of seeds are harder or slower to grow. Radish seeds that are lower quality or too old may not sprout well or at all.
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 10th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)


Thank you so much for posting this picture. I'm growing my first batch of wheatgrass and saw the same fuzz. I though it was mold, but now I see it's not! Thank you!! I now know also I planted the wrong seeds. I used soft not hard. Oh well we'll see what happens. Maybe the cats will eat it?

From: (Anonymous) Date: October 30th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC) (Link)

broccoli sprouts

Hi Frances,
I started sprouting broccoli seeds for the first time. They look like the picture you have here right now, and they taste like redish to me. I wonder if I got reddish seeds instead of broccoli seeds (I bought them online). You mentioned they look similar too. How can I tell if I am really sprouting brocooli not reddish?
Thank you in advance!
PS I am a software engineer too, my 1st language is mandarin, and I love audio books :)
frances_bea From: frances_bea Date: October 30th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: broccoli sprouts


Broccoli seeds 比 radish seeds 小。They are related plants, so they act similarly and taste similar. Broccoli seeds also get "fuzzy" while growing. You can read about their family of plants, which also includes cabbage, turnips, kohlrabi, mustard, rapeseed and cauliflower on Wikipedia. 你的种子大概还是broccoli.

Edited at 2008-10-30 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: October 31st, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: broccoli sprouts

Frances, 谢谢您!
I think you are right, they are mostly likely to be broccoli seeds. I am sprouting them because I have heard so many good things about them.
I am going to try to sprout or maybe grow arugula next. I just love it's flavor and the arugula in the grocery stores are so expensive.
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