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Growing Horseradish

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

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  • 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

01 May 16, nadia (Australia - arid climate)
In which climate zone is Sydney correct? Thank you.
07 Apr 16, ERNESTA (Australia - arid climate)
am in Kenya where can i get them? even if it means by DHL i will meet the cost if i can get seedlings
02 Apr 16, kati (Australia - temperate climate)
Which kind of compost/potting soil is best for potted harseradish.
08 Mar 16, Jan Cannell (Australia - temperate climate)
Where can I buy fresh horseradish? I bought several plants from my local nursery (wyee) but they are not ready for consuming for several months yet.
04 Mar 16, Brian yuill (Australia - temperate climate)
When to harvest horseradish
29 Dec 15, joyce (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have been looking after a friends plants. One of them was a horseradish plant in a pot. Just one little frail leaf. It did not last. So will I be able to get a replacement now from a nursery? I live in inner city Sydney
26 Dec 15, Terry (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in inner city Sydney and planted horseradish in potting mix in a pot at the back of the pot section on my west-facing balcony in about June (?). I've pretty much left it alone except for an occasional water if it's been particularly dry. The leaves have grown well - they were pretty lush before though I've noticed now that they're a bit torn - whether this is from an insect or from a few hailstorms I'm not sure. Thing is... I have no idea when to harvest them. How do I know if they're ready to be pulled up and used? And can I just pull up one leaf/plant and leave the rest in the pot? Also, I'm experimenting now but I really want to have some fresh root available in March/April next year. Do I have to replant at a particular time? Can I leave the current plants in the pot until then? etc
07 Oct 15, Mark (USA - Zone 5b climate)
To get the hottest flavor when preparing horseradish root: DO NOT add vinegar while grinding the root! If you're using a food processor, add water, just enough to get it to grind well. Once it is fully ground, let it sit for about 5 minutes. THEN add vinegar. During the 5 minutes, the horseradish (once ground) undergoes a chemical reaction that makes it much stronger. The reaction is (I believe) with water, triggered by breaking up the cells. Vinegar stops this reaction; if you do it too early, the heat never develops. But after a few minutes, without vinegar, the heat will start to fade, so you add vinegar
29 Oct 15, Roy (Australia - temperate climate)
Good advice about when to add the vinegar Mark, do you have preference i.e malt, cider, wine red or white or maybe balsamic? I've been to the USA but apart from temperate and sub tropical I don't know about the zones like yours which is 4a please enlighten.
16 Jul 15, Roy (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Judy,, so here was I looking for a recipe (another dish) when I came across this one for horseradish sauce but alas no mayonnaise. Horseradish sauce - Traditional Ingredients. 4tb Grated Horseradish 1tb Caster Sugar 1ts Salt 2 ts Mustard, English 1/2sp Pepper 4tb Single cream A little malt vinegar can be added though this is not recommended. Mix all in a bowl and stir anti-clockwise, and just my suggestion is to substitute the cream for mayonnaise,and I suppose that with most recipes certain ingredients can be left out and others added such as my beetroot and horseradish sauce I add some red wine vinegar. Hope this helps.
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