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Growing Horseradish

(Armoracia rusticana)

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

P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.


  • 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 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

17 Dec 14, Roy (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Viera, don't buy it I have plenty, am in Logan City. I'll have to find out if I can give out my phone number or through Gardenate's Email address ( Roy, you can give your phone or email in a comment but NB this is a public site and we have no control over who reads the comments - Liz )
18 Dec 14, Roy (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Thank you Liz, I have seen someone else's Email address so I'll give mine which is [email protected] maybe someone else in this part of Queensland might also like some horseradish.
06 Dec 14, Glen (Australia - temperate climate)
I can send you some but not sure if the customs would allow them!. They need room to grow. will grow in most climate. Regards.Glen
14 Oct 14, Viera Stafurikova (Australia - temperate climate)
Where I can buy horseradish to plant in Brisbane? Thank you.
23 Jul 14, rob (Australia - temperate climate)
Does horseradish die down in winter Mine has
05 Nov 14, Renate (Australia - temperate climate)
Yes it dose die down in Winter
20 Jul 14, boris lelekov (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi ! Where Ii can buy a horse radish ?
29 Jun 14, Cate (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Can horseradish be grown in a pot? If so what size/ depth do you suggest ? I have a couple of old kiddy pools and was wondering if they would be too shallow? I am in sub tropical area and very new to gardening. Cheers Cate
28 Jun 14, Robbie (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I planted a horseradish plant early June just as an experiment. It is growing more leaves (in a pot) and seems to be in really good shape... So when do I harvest it, since I have planted out of the recommended planting period? (In Sydney near the coast)
14 Jun 14, raymond (Australia - temperate climate)
Thank you every body for your reply to my request for buying Horseradish, I ask at my local Food Works store and bingo I got a large bag full in five days.
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