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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 8:42 pm 
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I planted fresh horseradish plants last year sometime. My quick reading suggests about this time of year is ideal for harvesting, and I've found a lovely beef recipe to use on the neighbours sometime over the next few weeks.

So, anyone with experience in harvesting? I did a quick websearch and suggestions are they maybe I should leave it another season to harvest (poo), that it can be highly invasive (that should amuse the asparagus it's next to), and seem to imply you dig up the whole thing and then re-plant.

While it apparently takes from even a tiny piece of root, I don't want to risk killing the plant - it's not all that common in nurseries these days and I don't know where I'd find it again.

Do I risk it? Can I just fossick around under the soil and bandicoot out a couple of roots and leave the rest in place? Or what?


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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 8:50 pm 
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Not sure Fiona but sure that a bandicoot will do for now. I will ask my Mum, she grows it all the time.

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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 12:46 am 
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Just dig out bits as required, as long as there is some left in the ground it will keep growing.


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I have some horseradish experience :)

Just dig the blighter up, the whole thing, and replant a few portions (uncut roots). You will not kill it. I usually wait till the leaves die down a bit.

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My Mum used to send me out in the field to get her wild Horseradish (that stuff clears sinuses permanently) and I used to go and dig it up, the whole root and bring it to her.

Mind you, I was 5 at the time and in the UK so who knows if I was doing it correctly... She kept sending me out there so I must have been doing something right. :)

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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 1:30 pm 
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Thanks all. And Rach excellent - I didn't realise you had some as well! Sounds like that at worst, I give myself a bundle of new pieces to plant around the place (and in pots for my mother) and at best, I get to find out what fresh horseradish tastes like.

I'm not all that big on hot stuff - don't much like pepper, mustard, etc, although I do like quite a warm curry - so this is really a plant for others, not me :)


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