Horseradish plant is native to Southern Europe but it is grown all over the world. It belongs
to the perennial class which includes all other plants that only live up to 2 years. The root of the plant is the
one which is actually used in culinary and therapeutic purposes. Generally speaking, horseradish is easy to grow.
But if you haven’t had any experience growing crops, you might find it a bit challenging at first. But with the
help of this article, you can, and you will be able to grow horseradish right!|
This plant is used in many cooking styles, being one of the pungent herbs that add strong flavor to any food. In Chinese and European cuisine, this
plant is widely used in many vegetable recipes. The horseradish plant basically looks like a radish which grows up
to 2 feet. The plant has large, rough leaves. Its roots are usually used in many recipes because of its very
powerful tang. Its common name is horseradish and its scientific name is Armoracia Rusticana.
The horseradish plant has been cultivated since the ancient times. It has even been cited in the
famous Greek mythology and Apollo considered it as a plant that is worth of gold. It is also recognized in many
histories. We can say that even before, people have already recognized the value of this plant.
Horseradish has also been used as an herbal medicine, particularly its leaves and roots during
the middle ages. In some parts of Europe like Germany, Britain, and Scandinavia, the roots are utilized as
condiments for meat and fish. When the US colonized some parts of the continent, horseradish was introduced to
Growing Horseradish in your Garden
For many vegetarian and non-vegetarian, the horseradish plant is a great flavoring because of its aroma and
savor. Because of this, more and more people are becoming interested in growing horseradish in their own backyard.
Not only to save money but also to make sure that what they’re cooking is fresh and free from any chemicals. If you
have enough space in your garden, you may want to plant horseradish. It will truly make your cooking experience
So how is it planted? The method used in homegrown horseradish plant is root-cutting. You can
buy the horseradish you’ll use for planting from nurseries or from local farmers. You can also get one from someone
you know who grows the same plant at home. While it is true that you can find one from the supermarket, you might
not get the best variety of the plant. It is always advantageous to seek help from professional growers.
The early part of springtime marks the best season to plant horseradish plant. As soon as you
get the root cutting, you can start preparing the area where it is to be planted. Here’s how you do it. First, dig
a hole on the ground which is deep enough to stand the root up in. you have to cover the entire root in an upright
position. While holding the root, fill the empty spaces with soil until everything is covered, except of course the
After planting horseradish, water it thoroughly and leave it that way. That’s it! It’s done! You
don’t need to buy fertilizers for your horseradish. The minerals and nutrients it will get from sunlight, soil and
water are enough for it to grow properly. It isn’t a sensitive plant as well, just like garlic.
Some Things to Remember
It is indeed so easy to plant and grow horseradish. The best thing about it is that once it
grows, it’ll be yours forever! Horseradish will continue to grow and grow every two years. But you have to keep in
mind that it needs enough space. Just like most shrubs, horseradish will cover all the space it can so if you don’t
want to cover the entire garden with horseradish or if you’re maintaining some other plants or landscape in your
backyard, make sure to put up a boundary that will separate horseradish from all other plants. You can also grow it
in a container or use a plastic tub, dig it and place it under. This will help you take in control of the
Horseradish grows best in placed with high-altitude. To have good yield, you can make a narrow
end in the root cutting before you plant it in the soil. You also need to make sure that there’s enough space
between the root cuttings. Each cutting should be at least 1 foot apart. This plant can stand partial shade and it
greatly appreciates a well-drained soil.
When preparing the soil, you may need to remove the rocks, stones and other things that may
interfere with the growth of the plant or may cause it to split apart. Maintaining the moist is also crucial in
growing horseradish plant so that the roots can maintain its flavor and tender texture. Horseradish can get very
hard if you don’t water it regularly. The aroma may also be reduced. So if you want a pungent and flavorful
horseradish, make sure to water it regularly. How much water does it need? It depends, as long as the moist is
maintained in the soil.
Harvesting Horseradish Plant
The second year of the horseradish plant marks the start of the harvesting season. The plant
gets fully developed during the late summer and fall. If the harvesting doesn’t fall under this period, you can
wait until the month of October or maybe later. When taking the plant out, you may need to dig the root deeper
until you are able to get the root but be sure to leave just a little part of it so the horseradish plant grows
back and becomes ready for harvesting the following year. Gently lift the horseradish from the soil.
Some people say that the horseradish plant is best harvested during the fall season while others
say that it should be harvested in the early spring. Which of them is right? Well, they’re both right. It’s up to
you which one to follow. Of course, it would depend on your convenience.
Growing horseradish plant is easy, fun and really rewarding. Once you have harvested the first
batch, it’s time to make some delicious dishes and invite your friends to come over for a sumptuous horseradish
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