Horseradish is a well loved (and hated) accompaniment to meats (particularly beef). It is really easy to grow and develops chunky roots that are used to create the fiery and sinus-clearing dressing that we know and love. It is easy to grow but is also very invasive and can take over a patch of ground quickly, so choose your spot well or plant in a large pot or container.

How To Grow

Horseradish is easiest grown from sets (peices of root), but can also be grown from seed (but the plants will take an extra year to establish fully). Choose a good site where you can keep it under control as it will take over a bed. It is best in small raised beds or in large pots. Keep it watered well in the drier seasons as the roots will go woody if left thirsty. Other than they they are really easy and will look after them selves.

How/When To Harvesting

Harvest once the frosts have killed the leaves. Or if you like your horseradish extra hot then wait till the early sring when you see the first shoots appearing. Leave some roots in the ground with some bone meal or compost for next years harvest (although good luck trying to get it all out as it hard to remove from an area once its in)

Planting Schedules for Location: Leesburg, Virginia

Sow Direct

Sow Direct

Sow Indoors / Plant Out

Sow Indoors
Plant Out
  • Sow Depth: 2 cm
  • Spacing Between Rows: 75 cm
  • Spacing Along Row: 75 cm
  • Number plants per Square Foot: 0.5