Not many gardeners know about such a vegetable as lobo or Chinese radish. Lobo is very common in Asian countries, it is also grown in the Far East, but in the middle zone of our homeland, few people have heard of Chinese radish.
As for the taste, the lobo is softer than the usual radish. The fruits of this Asian culture contain many vitamins, trace elements, carbohydrates, proteins, mineral salts such as magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iodine, iron, sodium. Regular consumption of Chinese radish is very beneficial for health, as it improves metabolism, helps to eliminate cholesterol, salts, and toxins from the body.
Chinese radish has rather large fruits that can be oval, round or cylindrical. It is a pleasure to grow it, since the plant is unpretentious. The seeds of this radish germinate at a temperature of plus 4 degrees, and root crops grow well at a temperature of 18 degrees.
To grow good quality fruits, you should know that Chinese radish should be planted in the second half of summer, and not in early spring, like many summer cottages. In the middle lane, the most favorable period for planting lobo is the beginning of July; in the southern regions, planting can be carried out until the end of September. Chinese radish loves moisture very much and is demanding for watering, especially when increased growth of root crops begins. If the soil is not sufficiently moistened, the roots will become bitter and tasteless.
Lobo loves fertile soil, which is filled with organic matter, but manure should not be applied to light soils, since the fruits will become tasteless from it.
Popular varieties of Chinese radish:
• Fang of an elephant;
• Pink ring.