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Comment by Birgit K. on March 11, 2014 at 8:17pm

Seems to be doing fine. I have it in a box with Ginger and Turmeric - and some sesame plants that keep on reseeding themselves.

It's just been through it's second year, so it seems established now! I got this variety from an ebay seller - maybe it IS particularly good: http://bit.ly/1kgFzbB

I planted them in July, which really didn't seem like the smartest idea, especially since the seedlings were quite small and tender looking, but it worked. It got through a long hot summer  and grew vigorously (the above is a photo from the end of August or early September.)

It looses most of it's leaves if the frost gets it, but very quickly, a whole bunch of new leaves start to crown soon after. It has provided me with year round horseradish. Not masses in the first year, but by this year, I was able to harvest a fair bit and have replanted some. I'm at six or seven plants now, all the size of the one above.

Most of all, It provides me with year round horseradish leaves for lacto-fermenting crisp pickles, so that in itself has been great!
I keep the horseradish moist though with a drip system under a heavy layer of newspaper and wood chip mulch and it seems to like that. During the height of the summer I do also use a shade cloth, to stop the leaves from getting too burnt up, even though getting a little "crisped" around the edges seems to not harm it any and is pretty much inevitable in the blistering summer heat around here!

Comment by Lorna Spencer on March 11, 2014 at 7:28pm

How did you manage to grow horseradish in the low desert? Have been reading that it is too hot here (in Phoenix) to cultivate.

Comment by Heather Green on November 19, 2013 at 8:45pm

Nice!

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