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what does "ready to harvest in X days" really mean?

Posted by MissMoss 5 (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 28, 13 at 22:02

I have been growing my vegetables from seeds for several years and I am always curious about this but never asked. So here is my question finally: when on the seed packet is states "ready to harvest in 25 days" (this is from my radish packet) what does it mean? What is the starting point for those 25 days? Germination? Getting their first pair of true leaves? Please help me solve the mystery :)

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RE: what does "ready to harvest in X days" really mean?

I think it means from the time you sow the seeds. In the case of your radishes for example, about 4 or 5 days for the seeds to sprout and another 20 days till harvest time.


RE: what does "ready to harvest in X days" really mean?

Yes, for items that are normally directed seeded (as are radishes, corn, lettuce, squash,etc.) it is # of days from planting the seeds. For those items that are normally grown from transplant (tomato, pepper, etc.) it is the # of day from transplanting.

However it is important to remember that DTM (days to maturity) are just a general guide, an "average", as many variables can affect it.


RE: what does "ready to harvest in X days" really mean?

Dave, that makes sense. Just out of idle curiosity I will try to "time" my cuces, tomatoes and few others this season. I think my radishes are behind the schedule :) But we've had a cool spring so far so that might be their excuse.

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