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Growing Horseradish

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(Best months for growing Horseradish in Australia - temperate regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • Easy to grow. Plant root pieces. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 25°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 50 cm apart
  • Harvest in 16-24 weeks. Some improvement in flavour if left till after frost..
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): 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

30 Dec 16, Liz (Australia - temperate climate)
It's 30th Dec 2016, my horse radish leaves are about a foot long, should I dig it now, if not, when thanks
03 Jan 17, John Mauger (Australia - temperate climate)
Horse radish would normally be harvested when it is dormant but there's no reason why you couldn't dig down beside the plant an bandicoot a few roots for your favourite source! Horseradish is very hardy and any piece left in the ground will grow. Trust this helps.
22 Dec 16, Pat (Australia - temperate climate)
When should I harvest my horseradish ? Very leafy i its own raised bed and looking real healthy
24 Dec 16, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Horseradish would normally be harvested in the winter when it is dormant but there is no reason why you couldn't dig down beside the plant and raid a few root pieces. the plant is almost indestructable and any small pieces of root left in the ground will grow. keep the manure, water and mulch up for good quality roots. trust this helps.
25 Oct 16, john mcdonald (Australia - tropical climate)
Where do I buy horse radish In Nth Queensland.Not Coles,Woolies ,or IGA.DONT SELL IT ANY MORE
18 Nov 16, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Horse radish will be in leaf by now. You should be able to get it from places like Green Harvest' online. I am happy to send you a few pieces of root from my plants if you can't find it. Reply to this email if you want some. It is very easy to grow from pieces of root. just plant them with the thickest end level with the soil and they will soon sprout. Trust this helps.
14 Dec 16, dave (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi John, We have been looking for horseradish for months and can only find it on ebay. Not to keen on buying plants online. If you still have some to spare I would be more than happy to pay for postage. Thanks Dave
18 Dec 16, peter (Australia - arid climate)
I Have just bought some at Bunnings I was lucky got the last plant regards
25 Sep 16, Carolyn Lewis (Australia - temperate climate)
Been buying a paste from spud shed, it was made in Europe. It has help control my allergies, chest mucus and sinus. Tablets from the chemist does not work as good. Living in Perth. Tried all nurseries can't get it. Can you help me. I grow my own turmeric and make it in a paste with a pinch of black pepper. This also works better than tablets for inflamation arthritis..
14 Oct 16, frances (Australia - temperate climate)
Bunnings have them in the herb section in single posts occasionally.
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