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Growing horseradish in home gardens

A quick guide to horseradish

  • Before planting horseradish, spade or rototill the soil to a depth of 8 to 10 inches.
  • Plant root cuttings, sometimes called "sets,” in early spring as soon as the soil is workable.
  • Weed control is especially important early in the season when the plants are relatively small.
  • To grow high quality horseradish, lift and strip the roots twice.
  • The horseradish flea beetle is a serious pest on horseradish foliage.
  • Delay fall harvest until late October or early November, or just before the ground freezes.

Horseradish, Armoracia rusticana, is a large leaved, hardy European perennial herb that has been a culinary favorite for more than 3,000 years.

This fiery herb thrives in temperate climates and in the cool, high altitudes of tropical countries. Horseradish grows best in deep, rich, moist loamy soil, in a sunny location. Roots become malformed and yields are less on hard, shallow, stony soils.

Soil fertility

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Planting

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How to keep your horseradish healthy and productive

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Reviewed in 2018

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