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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

12 May 15, Roy (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Marina, I've been giving quit a lot of horseradish away over the past few months but the parent plant can still provide another one. What I do is pot the plant and allow it to stay there until it has settled and is producing new leaves then maybe another week or two which usually makes it fine for transporting, now it won't be full grown so whilst the root won't be suitable the leaves will. Would you like me to do that? Oh by the way I'm in Logan City. Roy
10 May 15, Keith Jamieson (Australia - temperate climate)
Is it possible to grow horseradish in Thornlie.
30 Mar 15, LEONARD (Australia - temperate climate)
WHERE CAN i BUY THE ROOT , TO GROW HORSERADISH. I AM IN PERTH?
28 Mar 15, dave (Australia - temperate climate)
they have some in Bunnings as of the 28/03/15
18 Mar 15, Roy (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Vera I've given some horseradish away recently, the parent plant is ready to pot some more, would you like me to do that?
06 Mar 15, Russell (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Where can I get fresh Horseradish in the Illawarra. Thanks
12 Feb 15, Barney (Australia - tropical climate)
Where can I get fresh Horseradish in Perth? I tried local markets and no luck!
14 Mar 15, Stacy (Australia - temperate climate)
I bought some inbunnings this week
08 Jan 15, Margaret Cox (Australia - temperate climate)
My late husband was the gardener & I was wondering when do I actually harvest horseradish
13 Jan 15, Roy (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Margaret, I haven't found the perfect time, the size of the leaves don't tell me anything. Last week I did use some, just scraping away surrounding soil and seeing the thickness of the root helped, the root was fairly thick, about the same as two fingers plus a little more. Getting it out is the hard part, the roots go down a long way so I cut the amount I needed and replaced the soil. Be careful if you do this because the root is very strong, a serrated knife worked o.k
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