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Growing Horseradish

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(Best months for growing Horseradish in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Plant crowns

  • Easy to grow. Plant root pieces. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 inches apart
  • Harvest in 16-24 weeks. Some improvement in flavour if left till after frost..
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best kept separate
  • Horseradish leaf
    Horseradish leaf

Horseradish is grown from root cuttings. If you know someone who has it in their garden, just one piece of root will start off for you.

Dig a deep hole and refill with compost as the horseradish has a long taproot. Plant it and then leave it alone. Apart from constant wet or cold, horseradish will grow in any part of the garden.

Horseradish is an aggressive grower and will quickly take over the garden. It will also grow well in a deep container or sink an old bucket in the ground to prevent spreading. Otherwise, remove all the plant when you harvest it and save one piece to replant.

Can be planted in early Autumn or Spring

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Horseradish

Strong, spicy flavour traditionally used with roast beef.

Used grated for horseradish sauce or horseradish cream

Your comments and tips

09 Sep 18, mpho mabaso (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Where to buy horseradish in Gauteng - Vaal?
07 Aug 18, david (Australia - tropical climate)
I live in Nicaragua, there never is any frost. Can I grow horseradish here? Is there a secret to growing in hot climates?
04 Aug 18, David Marks (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Does anyone have any horseradish roots for planting. Thanks
31 Jul 18, Annebelle van Tongeren (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi. I would love to plant a bed of horseradish as I am finding it impossible to buy. If there is anyone you could suggest who might be able to help me set up my patch, that would be great. Thanks.
04 Aug 18, Steve (Australia - temperate climate)
I brought mine at Bunnings planted out and it’s going well
02 Aug 18, Ian Lakeland (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Annebelle,try New Gippsland Seed Farm inSilvan. Horseradish is listed on their web site and you can order online.Regards Ian
18 Jul 18, Chad (USA - Zone 8b climate)
I enjoy eating what we can grow here on our farm. I've been thinking of growing horseradish. I'm in the central MS area. 8b I think but not certain. This will only be growing for our use not looking to grow commercial. What can I do or would you recommend? Thank you
25 Jun 18, Ingwi Basher (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi, I would love to find out where in the Hawkes Bay region I can buy a plant or cutting? Having grown up in Sweden / Europe with many traditional dishes containing the wonderfully hot root (grated and mixed in sauces, potato salads etc. .. the list is long) I truly miss the unique flavour ...
11 Jun 18, Kim (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi I want to buy some horseradish to grow, Where can I go? We are in Katikati
17 Jun 18, Marie (New Zealand - temperate climate)
We are digging a heap up right now. Kati township. Email me for address if you still want some.
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