Horseradish is grown for its roots, which can then be ground up to become a delicious condiment. For more information about growing horseradish, click here.
VARIETIES: Maliner Kren, New Bohemian and Variegata are some of the varieties of horseradish that can be found. Each variety has different traits including root quality and resistance to pests. For more information, click here.
Soil Preparation: Incorporate organic matter and all-purpose fertilizer to your well drained garden before planting. For more information on soil preparation, click here.
· Begin planting horseradish in early spring.
· For specific planting instructions regarding transplants, click here.
· Place horseradish seeds or transplants in a cool area for growing.
· Plant root pieces 2-3 inches deep.
· Place roots or seeds one foot apart, for proper spacing.
Irrigation: The flavor of horseradish will change depending on the amount of water used. Water plants once a week, with 1-2 inches of water for the best quality. For more information about irrigation, click here.
Fertilization: After 4 and 8 weeks of planting, apply additional fertilizer. To learn more about fertilization, click here.
Harvesting: Harvest at the end of the first year of growth, typically in autumn after several frosts. Dig up the horseradish, trim off the tops and use immediately. Keep additional roots in storage for next year’s garden.
COMMON PESTS AND DISEASES: Root rot is one of the few diseases horseradish can get it if the plant is over watered. Few pests affect horseradish, to learn more about pests and disease, click here.