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Growing Horseradish

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(Best months for growing Horseradish in USA - Zone 5a regions)

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  • 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

15 Oct 17, Roy (Australia - temperate climate)
If you still want a cutting jut give me your address and you can have a piece of root Roy
27 Oct 17, Tony Campton (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I am about 10k north of Noosa in the hinterland. Happy to cover the cost of postage and your time. Thanks, Mate, Tony
30 Sep 17, Shelley Johnson (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Just thought I'd mention I found horsradish plants at Mitre 10 today in Westport. I've been looking for it for a very long time so was very happy. Other Mitre 10 store may have it now.
14 Aug 17, Narelle (Australia - temperate climate)
Sorry, that should be ESKAL Horseradish not whatever name I advised.
11 Aug 17, Narelle (Australia - temperate climate)
In most big supermarkets all around northern Europe and Scandinavia you can find all forms. A container of grated horseradish, from the fresh food section, is fine and doesn't last long enough for me to know its 'use by' date. It's good with lots of unexpected foods and it's particularly good with potato soup (makes it far more interesting) as well as beef, which was created to go with horseradish.
23 Jul 17, Frank Thom (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Can anyone tell me if horseradish will grow at all in the Southeast Queensland region, Sunshine Coast, maybe through winter.
30 Oct 17, Liora (Australia - temperate climate)
I live just south of the border in NSW and my horseradish is doing really well. It took a while for it to establish - now it's shot off everywhere.
24 Jul 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
By this website it is planted Sept Oct. Read up about it is my suggestion.
24 Jul 17, John (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Horseradish should grow well in SE Qld but would probably still be dormant in the winter, particularly in cooler areas such as Toowoomba.
11 Jul 17, Trudy (Australia - temperate climate)
I always bought Heinz horseradish in a jar at Safeway or Coles now no longer available.Can buy it under Masterfoods but taste is horrible.Would love a real recipe to make my own(nice & creamy with a good bite of zest)where can I buy this plant??Bunnings??or other garden outlets???Please advise I live in Langwarrin vic
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Are places unusually hot in summer, such as Phoenix, AZ area, too hot for horseradish to grow, assuming it's being watered throughout the summer months?

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