Is it true? Question about Horseradish seeds

hermitonthehill(7a/b)February 2, 2007

I read somewhere tonight that Horseradish seeds aren't viable and that's why it is "only" propagated by division of the roots. Is this true? If so, why aren't the seeds viable? It would make more sense to me if the statement were strictly made about a hybrid or something, but it was a blanket statement about horseradish seeds, period. What's up with that?!

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georgez5il(z5 IL)

The seed do not mature.... cold treatment, or warm-cold periods do not help. the reason I dont know. I also have not worried about this since propagation is so easy from root cuttings.
If some one is curious enough to start a research project to discover why I would be interested in reading about it But again i will produce this wonderful herb the way my grandfather taught me....

    Bookmark   February 2, 2007 at 9:57AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

It is what it is! ;-) Researchers know that horseradish is virtually sterile and the presumption is that it is (perhaps) an interspecific hybrid, rather unusual in nature. Georgez5il is correct....they do produce embryos but those do not mature.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2007 at 1:08PM
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