How to Grow Horseradish

Horseradish grows in a garden. image by graibeard/Flickr.com

Overview

Gardeners with a taste toward the spicy are in for a treat when they make room for horseradish in the garden. Homegrown horseradish rivals the roots you will find in the produce section for spiciness. Horseradish is a root cultivar that will grow happily almost anywhere. Gardeners need not spend much time or effort pampering horseradish to have a thriving plant from which to harvest. Simply plant a piece of the horseradish root and watch it grow to perfection in your garden.

Step 1

Prepare the growing area in the spring when the soil is warm. Till the soil down at least 8 inches so that the roots of the horseradish plant will have ample room to grow freely.

Step 2

Dig a 6-inch-deep narrow trench for the horseradish cuttings and sprinkle a half cup of fertilizer along the bottom of the trench. Replace 2 inches of soil over the fertilizer to prevent the fertilizer from burning the roots.

Step 3

Place the cuttings in the trench with the crowns facing up. Angle the cuttings approximately 45 degrees so that the growing roots will not tangle with each other. Cover the tops of the roots with approximately 2 inches of soil.

Step 4

Water the horseradish immediately after planting. Weed the area around the horseradish plants regularly.

Step 5

Harvest horseradish the following spring for the spiciest taste. Harvest horseradish in the autumn also, if desired. To harvest, dig out most of the roots for use in the kitchen. Leave a small amount of a cutting in the ground following the same planting guidelines described in Step 2.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be careful where you establish horseradish because it will spread quickly.

Things You'll Need

  • Horseradish cutting (with a crown)
  • Garden trowel
  • Fertilizer (10-10-10)

References

  • Growing Horseradish
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About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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