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Put some zing in your garden with horseradish, a perennial plant known for its hot mustard-flavored roots.

horseradish RMankind has been planting and growing horseradish for centuries. Records indicate that the Egyptians cultivated this pungent root prior to 1500 B.C., Romans used it as an aphrodisiac, and grannies everywhere have used it as a home remedy for coughs and colds.

A member of the Brassicaceae family, horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) is closely related to Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower. The powerful root gets its sinus-clearing punch from volatile oils that are released when grated or crushed.

Horseradish health benefits include essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, calcium, potassium and magnesium. The pungent root is high in dietary fiber, known to boost the immune system and has been linked to cancer prevention.

Quick Guide: Planting, Growing & Harvesting Horseradish

  1. Grows easily in most areas
  2. Plant in full sun in rich soil
  3. Start with plants or root pieces in spring; harvest after first frost
  4. Pull off foliage to create larger roots
  5. No real pest or disease problems



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Site Preparation

Horseradish prefers rich, fast-draining soil and full sun. However, the perennial will thrive in almost all conditions, except deep shade or constantly wet soil. Prior to planting, choose a spot far removed from any other plants you care about. Horseradish spreads quickly and can soon take over your garden. The best way to control the root’s rampant nature is to grow it in containers.

How to Plant

Start by planting horseradish in the fall or very early spring. Set plants or root pieces 1 to 2 feet apart, with the crown – the top of the root and the start of the top growth – about 4 inches below the soil surface. Add a shovelful of organic compost to each hole and water thoroughly after planting.

To encourage the roots to be large and hot, try a method I learned from pulling stubborn weeds. After several attempts at grabbing them out by hand, I would finally dig them out with a shovel. Most of the time, I would unearth a massive root. Encouraging horseradish growth often works the same way.

Remove the top foliage of the plant several times. But remember, this is going to make the horseradish really strong – the larger the root, the stronger the flavor. Yum!

Harvesting and Storage

Dig roots in spring or fall, but for best flavor wait until after the first frosts. Brush off roots and store in the refrigerator. For longer storage, grate and keep in vinegar (1/4 cup for every cup of horseradish).

Insect & Disease Problems

Horseradish has no major pest problems. I guess they don’t dare bother this spicy crop!

Seed Saving Instructions

Grown from root cuttings, horseradish does not produce seeds in most regions of the United States.

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3 Responses to “Horseradish”

  1. Peter J Calvert on July 18th, 2019 at 2:42 am #

    We started a horseradish plant in the spring of 2018 and left it in the ground all winter without harvesting any root. The plant was thriving this spring/summer but our gardener recently inadvertently cut the top greenery at ground level thinking that it was a weed. The root is still in the ground and it’s mid-July. Questions: Will the plant recover and, if so, should I do anything to encourage it? If it won’t survive, I’ll dig up the root and use it. I will also ensure that the new plant that we put in the garden is properly labelled!!

    Also, if the plant had not been trimmed and I wanted to harvest some of the root after the first frost, can I cut off part of the root and will the remainder of the plant survive and grow next year?
    Thanks, Peter

  2. Bab on July 28th, 2019 at 6:22 am #

    The plant will more than likely survive. Horseradish is extremely resilient, and if even just a small section of the root is in the ground it will sprout new growth.

  3. Andrew Thornton on November 5th, 2019 at 3:08 am #

    I have 4 horseradish roots, about 6 inches long, for planting. Can I chop these into smaller pieces before planting to grow more horseradish plants.

    Any ideas.

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