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Horseradish - When to Harvest

Hi all,

I planted my Horseradish in early May and I'm just wondering when it will be ready to harvest? I have read online that horseradish should be picked in October / November, but the leaves aren't looking so healthy, so I thought that maybe it was dying back because its ready?

Help much appreciated.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,903

    When we had horseradish in the garden (and hedgerows) we just dug a root as we needed it. Pa would dig it, peel and grate it and Ma would make horseradish sauce with it.  Any grated root left over would be put in a jar with some vinegar and used to make sauce next time we had roast beef.

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    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    But beware! If you cry when you prepare onions, watch out when you prepare horseradish.



    It is the most terrible thug/spreader. It should be sold with a warning.
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,537

    Some comes up every year in one of my borders (I didn't buy it). I have tried to weed it out and have tried numerous times to transplant it to somewhere more suitable, but whenever I do so that bit dies. Now I just leave it, the flowers are quite pretty, like a small Crambe! I like horseradish sauce when it is strong enough to come down your nose, but can't afford roast beef very often! A little is good grated over beetroot salad though.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,903
    Ben9 wrote (see)

    Hi all,

    I planted my Horseradish in early May and I'm just wondering when it will be ready to harvest? I have read online that horseradish should be picked in October / November, but the leaves aren't looking so healthy, so I thought that maybe it was dying back because its ready?

    Help much appreciated.

    Ben, when you say the leaves aren't looking healthy - can you post us a picture? 


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    when I grate horseradish I wear swimming goggles, sounds made but it stops you feeling like your eyeballs are going to burst into flames and fall out

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