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Minnesota Horticulture: Horseradish - Growing Your Own

Updated on November 27, 2016




It doesn't seem to look very intimidating. It has a pretty green, leafy top. The leaves are somewhat scratchy feeling. The roots are what is used to make ground horseradish.

The most perfect horseradish is made with roots that are bigger than a pencil and smaller than a thumb. You should only make horseradish in a month with the letter 'R' in it. This means, do NOT dig up your roots in May, June, July, August.... just any of the others, since they have 'R' in it...

In Minnesota, we cannot dig our roots in January or February or March since they are usually in frozen ground or covered with four foot of snow at that time.

It Grows by Itself

Horseradish is very prolific. If you take the leaves of the plant and throw them on the ground, make sure that it is a spot that you want horseradish to grow, because eventually, those leaves will take root and make another plant.

The same applies to pieces of horseradish root. Each piece of root will make another plant. I found that out one year when I had my garden tilled and the tiller got close to my patch and there were little horseradish sprouts growing in my garden later that year.

Horseradish Relish is Simple

First I cut. Then I peel. Then I slice. Then, I puree. Then, I scoop it into the jar. Then I add my salt and vinegar.

It's actually ready to eat on crackers as soon as you add the salt and vinegar.

How to Increase Your Patch

When you cut your horseradish, save everything you cut off:

The tops, peelings, and anything you discard because it looks unappetizing. All of this will root if in contact with dirt. It will all make a new plant.

Just toss it on the ground where you want horseradish to grow. You don't even have to water it. Just make sure you want horseradish in that spot. Because, eventually, you will.

Horseradish Relish

2 c. ground horseradish

1 c. vinegar

ΒΌ tsp. salt

I know that this recipe does not seem logical, but the vinegar does fill in the spaces between the pieces of horseradish.

Options: you can put slivered jalapeno in your horseradish - it adds some sort of flavor and color.. not that it needs to be any hotter. I have seen horseradish that contains mustard oil, but you have to be careful since just the vapor will knock your head backwards.

This is what it looks like after a summer of growing.

If I were to cut up the tops and put them somewhere else, each piece would grow another plant.

I am not so sure that you couldn't take a jar of horseradish from the store and get it to grow. I do not know if vinegar stunts the plant or not.

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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      @Gloriousconfusion: best to make it now... It's like a radish. It is softer in the spring and it gets woody later.

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      Diana Grant 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I grew horseradish for a few years, and it started spreading, and overtaking a large corner of my garden. I dug it up, but bits still kept sprouting, and the more I dug them up, the more they continued popping up uninvited. After two or three years, I decided to dig up the whole area, and transplanted a few little bits in pots, where they now grow very nicely in an orderly fashion. I am hoping to be able to make horseradish sauce in Autumn.

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      6 years ago

      I didn't know horseradish was that easy to grow. We may have to try it. You say to leave it alone for the first year, but I don't know if I have the patience to wait :)

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      7 years ago

      I dig horseradish on all my sandwiches now. I makes me sneeze... So, it is good for the sinus.

      Great article Girl.

    • bjslapidary profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens. I love horseradish and this makes me want to try to grow some of my own. Will try your recipe too.

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      7 years ago

      I love a good horseradish sauce.


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