transplant horseradish

ak-07July 30, 2007

I have found one horseradish plant growing at my mothers. I would like to start some horseradish at my place from this plant. I don't want to move or harm the existing plant. Would somebody have information. Thanks in advance.

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I don't have specific advice about getting a new plant established at your house, but from what I've heard, it will be nearly impossible to kill your mother's plant.

Apparently horseradish, once established, is very difficult to get rid of even if you want to.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2007 at 2:35PM
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korney19(z6a Buffalo, NY)

Found this somewhere:

"Horseradish Planting Instructions

Planting: Plant horseradish into a well prepared, weed free bed. Place the root piece with the flat end up and the slanted end down at a 45-degree angle in the soil. The flat end should be 1-2 inches below the soil surface. The size and diameter of the horseradish root does not determine the ultimate size of the plant.Horseradish is an extremely vigorous plant and given a small amount of attention, will flourish in most any garden situation. Space plants 10-12 inches apart in the row with 3 feet between rows. Divide your horseradish plant every year or two if you do not harvest the roots to maintain a vigorous planting

Weeding and Fertilizing: Plants usually grow vigorously enough to shade out weeds within the row. Weed between the rows as needed throughout the summer. Horseradish is not a heavy feeder. A fertilization of 5 pounds of 10-10-10 per 100 square feet in the spring will work well.

Harvest: You can start to harvest horseradish roots the second fall after planting. Dig the plants and harvest as many roots as you like. Any roots left in the soil will re-sprout into new horseradish plants."

Hope this helps.


    Bookmark   July 30, 2007 at 6:01PM
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Its pretty tough. Just for the heck of it I bought a hunk from my local market, left it in the fridge for about 2 weeks, planted it and its doing just fine.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2007 at 11:04AM
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You will probably not harm your mother's plant. I got some from my Grandmother several years ago before she sold the farm. And planted in a small fairly shady area of my flower bed just to keep it alive until I had a good place for it.

Now 6 years later I dug up the puny roots, split and transplanted them to a full sun farm field I bought. That 2.5x3 area gave me over 60 plants. They are doing beautiful this year with the space & full sun.

AND...where I dug them out of the flower bed...there at least 10 plants still growing. I swear I took them all, but of course I couldnt get the entire root.

My grandmother used to throw her trimmigs back into her bed every fall after harvest and that would also grow new horseradish plants :-). So you probably wont damage the origional plant too much.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2007 at 10:49AM
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