horseradish in this area

emlovestogrdn(6B)February 13, 2009

Hi everybody,

I want to grow horseradish (my husband is an addict)- does anybody have any roots they want to give or swap away? I have a bunch of seeds, and as I'm already growing some seedlings for all manner of things in the basement, I'll have seedlings soon to swap, too. Also, how do I grow it?



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Horseradish is not difficult to grow. If you have a small garden the most important thing to remember is, keep it contained. I cut the bottom out of a very large plastic pot and planted the roots in rich soil. I harvested before Easter, always making sure to replant a few healthy roots.

Now, preparing homemade horseradish is a different matter! The process will certainly clear your sinus passages! But it's worth it! Good luck!

    Bookmark   February 15, 2009 at 10:41PM
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I hope you really like horseradish, because once you start growing it, you NEVER get rid of it... llangrove is right-- contain it! If you don't pull the whole root when you harvest it, it'll come back. We finally got fed up with it (but I didn't want to give it up) & planted it in a rather inhospitable place (lots of shade)-- still horseradish....

    Bookmark   February 19, 2009 at 11:37PM
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check your local farmer's market for the roots - that's really the easiest way to get them started. I like the one in Morrisville, but there's also Tanner's in Richboro, and sometimes they show up at the Produce Junctions, but usually in the fall during harvest time (you can plant them through the end of fall around here, thy don't need much to survive the winter)

    Bookmark   March 4, 2009 at 2:34PM
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dan1465_z7nj(Z7 NJ)

I grow it here in southern New Jersey. I does spread a bit but, has never really gotten out of control. I believe it's because my patch of it is planted in Half sun/Half shade. once a year I can easily rip out a few of the runners that want to spread. No big deal here. Try a less sun planting, it might help. Good luck. Dan

    Bookmark   March 30, 2009 at 4:52PM
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I just bought a little horseradish plant; I think it was at Ashcombe's, so someone has potted some up for sale around here. In previous years I tried planting roots from the supermarket but for some reason they didn't take.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2009 at 2:30PM
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I bought roots at a farm market this spring(nasty looking things). I cut off the tops, planted them, and ground up the rest and threw it in vinegar. I guess I'll have to plant some plastic to contain the plants. They are over a foot tall ten weeks later, and nice looking. Good success!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2009 at 2:08AM
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Pipersville_Carol(z6 Bucks PA)

Funny, my horseradish hasn't spread at all. I planted two roots 7 years ago (got them mail order, probably from Jungs). They've grown into two well-behaved healthy clumps, only about 18 inches across. I made fresh horseradish for the first time this year. Yum.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2009 at 10:50AM
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