Growing Horseradish

Organic Vegetable Gardening
Fact Sheet

Botanical name: Armoracia rusticana

Seed

Horseradish

Horseradish root

Planting time: SP,FA
Seeds per ounce: Roots
Ounces per square foot: 1.5 roots
Minimum legal germination rate: -
Germination type: Long Germination

Notes
Growing Horseradish is very easy. Horseradish is known for its hot, wasabi flavored taste in its roots. Humans have been cultivating horseradish for thousands of years. History indicates that the Egyptians cultivated Horseradish prior to 1500 B.C.

Horseradish prefers rich, sandy soil and full sun. However, this perennial tolerates most soils except full shade and constant moisture.

Caution: Horseradish spreads quickly and can soon take over your garden. It's best to grow it in containers or in an area in your garden where it can spread.

Pennsylvania State University announced in 1995 that minced horseradish holds promise in decontaminating wastewater and clean contaminated soils as well. Pennsylvania State's center for Bioremediation and Detoxification reports that minced horseradish combined with hydrogen peroxide will completely remove chlorinated phenols and other contaminants found in industrial wastes. Experiments involve applying the mixture directly to tainted soils or planting horseradish in contaminated soil and tilling the roots just before applying hydrogen peroxide.

Planting

In garden spacing (inches): 12
In flat spacing (inches): -
Planting depth (inches): 4
Maximum number of plants per square foot: 1.5
Nutrient relationship:: Light Feeder

Harvest

Days to maturity: 182
Harvesting period (days): -
Minimum yields in pounds /square foot: .3

Cultural

Diseases: Turnip mosaic, Alternaria Leaf Spot, Cercospora leaf Spot, Leaf Blight, Brittle Root, Root Rot.
Insect pests:(Insect Pest Finder) Beet Leafhopper, Imported Cabbageworm

Varieties

Bohemian, Czechoslovakian, Wildroot

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