Propigating horseradish from year to year

Discussion in 'Root Crops' started by invader q, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. invader q

    invader q Smoke Blower

    Digging up the horseradish tonight. Do I want to leave some in the ground for next year, or how do I store it so I can plant it in the spring?

  2. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I cut the larger roots off and leave the remainder in the ground for next year. I replant what I do not need.
    The tops die off during winter, but they grow back in the spring.

    Good luck to you and remember to open a window if you are going to shred or grind them indoors.[​IMG]
  3. pescadero

    pescadero Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Patty has it down right.

    Make sure you leave a few pieces of root(with eyes) in the ground throughout the winter. It is very harty and will bounce back in the spring. Mine even ends up being under a foot or two of flood water, off and on, throughout the winter, and still bounces back.

    When you grind her up for your raddish, make sure you have your vinegar handy. You probably already know this but, after grinding, the heat is determined by how long it sits until you stop its action with the vinegar.

    When I first started I didn't know exactly what to expect. I quickly divided my grindings into three equal portions. I flooded the first portion with vinegar in about two minutes, the second portion in another two and the third portion in still another two. This resulted in Mild, Medium and Very Hot horse raddish, relating to the two, four and six minute intervals.

    I also found out I was a pansy. I love the flavor, but am definitely a two minute man (No comments about that, please) [​IMG]

    Good Luck.

  4. payson

    payson Meat Mopper

    I tried my best to totally dig mine up and it's still going strong. I was forewarned that it was rather invasive and that's certainly proving to be the case!
  5. erain

    erain Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    maybe old wives tail whatever..... we always grew our own horseradish, my mother always used to say can harvest in any month that has an r in t... so i not sure what the deal with june-aug is buty those old folks semmed they knew what theyn were talkin about. but anyway readin this just brought that to mind.
  6. white cloud

    white cloud Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I wanted to move my horseradish patch to the back corner of the garden because I wanted to plant onions in the front this year. But as before no matter how hard you try to get every last piece of root out of the ground it just keeps coming up. I think the only way to get rid of a patch completely is to spray it with round up. By the way I only harvest the roots at no more than 3/4 inches if they are bigger than that its just too woody. I have tried a food processor but it don't work too good, a blender works much better.
  7. big game cook

    big game cook Smoking Fanatic

    growing it for the first time this year. its doing well. ill be diging it around october.[​IMG]
  8. chef_boy812

    chef_boy812 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Grandma, and the neighbors would do a wheelbarrow load every fall, they had them as big as baseball bats. Yes they are woodie, but they would sit outside all day with the cabbage grater, by hand. I helped them once as a kid, woe, it was hard to take.

    but if you get a big one, just remember to do it by hand. and don't scratch anything that is itchie until the hands are washed.
    trust me, I know that[​IMG]
  9. invader q

    invader q Smoke Blower

    My horseradish came back agressivly this year. I'm going to have more than I can use. Will have to cook more beef to enjoy with it. [​IMG]
  10. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds like a great plan![​IMG]

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