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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 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

19 Jun 17, john (Australia - temperate climate)
any recipes for real horseradish / European style? I think that it is just grated and put with vinegar but notsure
05 Jun 17, George Robson (Australia - temperate climate)
I have a couple of plantlings if you want one let me mnow
24 Jun 17, Sonya (Australia - temperate climate)
Interested. Postcode nsw 2502 Thankyou
20 Jun 17, Linda Morse (Australia - arid climate)
George I would love some plantings if you have some to spare. Please let me know cost of postage to pcode 4519
08 May 17, Andrew (Australia - tropical climate)
tasting store bought horseradish and reflecting how mild it is, how is it that (imitation) wasabi which is also made up of horseradish is so pungent.
10 May 17, Ken (Australia - temperate climate)
Store bought horseradish cream contains less than 10% horseradish (this may vary) and contains vegetable oil, milk, etc which would tone down the bite. As real wasabi is expensive a lot of wasabi paste is boosted with mustard seed flour. This may also help explain the variation.
08 May 17, Andrew (Australia - tropical climate)
I live in Darwin and would like to try and grow horseradish here. Hearing it likes frosts is it worth a try?
07 May 17, Elliot (Australia - temperate climate)
The best store bought horseradish I found was in the refrigerator section of The Kosher Providor, Plantation Street, Menora.
02 Apr 17, Beata (Australia - temperate climate)
Where I can buy horseradish plant? I leave south of Perth - Western Australia.
17 May 17, Rachael (Australia - temperate climate)
Try Bunnings herb section, I bought a plant just yesterday there, but they only had a few plants--I can speak for other stores other than my local one, but as I said, they only had a few plants. The tag had 'food for life' on it-I'm presuming that's the company that is distributing them at the moment. Because there were only a few plants, it was hard to find- Good luck!
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