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Marts



Joined: 06 Sep 2005
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Location: London
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 11 11:38 am    Post subject: Horseradish question  Reply with quote    

I'd like to establish some Horseradish this year, but when i've looked for it at nurseries it seems to cost 8-10 for a few roots.

Does anyone know where I can buy a few roots cheaper? Is it sold in supermarkets fresh?

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 11 11:41 am    Post subject: Re: Horseradish question Reply with quote    

You can PM me your address and I'll post you some.

But do you REALLY want to establish some horseradish?

Marts



Joined: 06 Sep 2005
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Location: London
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 11 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's very kind Cab. I will PM you.

I'm thinking that it will be in a potato planter bag, as I've been reading some of the horror stories in old posts.

madcat



Joined: 24 May 2008
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Location: worcester
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 11 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

stand it on the concrete,mine escaped from its pot through the bottom and I will have to be after the 2 stray roots when I shift the compost heap sometime soon.
Theres shed loads of it growing on the local allotments, I do kinda like it as a plant but something ate all the leaves last summer

OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
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Location: Otley, West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 11 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Got mine from a supermarket, did not cost much at all.
I have a clump in a deep bed and it does not seem to be taking over much. I trim it back top and roots at the back end of the year and its no problem.
Its pretty ugly most of the year though - some bug decimates the leaves and it looks really sad (maybe thats why its not spreading?). Only time it looks good is when the large shiny leaves are in their prime.

cab



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 11 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have it on good authority that my plot has had horseradish since at least the 1940s. The same old-timers who relate the tale of the light German bomber that came to a stop three plots down from mine (and who have pictures of it!) are clear on this; other allotment holders have been digging up horseradish from the end of my allotment for generations

jamanda
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Location: Devon
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 11 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It spreads like mad though - I dug some of your horse radish up here in Devon yesterday - and was discussing its merits with some else who has some in West Wales!

It seems to take a couple of years to really get going, but once it does it's darn good stuff.

(I have mine in a raised bed where it has to hold its own against the mint and fennel!)

Bernie66



Joined: 14 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 11 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've bought it twice and killed it twice by mistake

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 11 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's not a problem if you grow it on poor soil, I've had a patch here for about 10 years and it doesn't go mad or spread. I'm looking forward to having some deep, rich soil and having some rampant radish.

T.G



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 11 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bernie66 wrote:
I've bought it twice and killed it twice by mistake


In that case I'd leave it alone and walk away

Bernie66



Joined: 14 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 11 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

T.G wrote:
Bernie66 wrote:
I've bought it twice and killed it twice by mistake


In that case I'd leave it alone and walk away


i might try ground elder instead,

windyridge



Joined: 03 Oct 2010
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Location: Up the garden from Henry
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 11 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Quote:
i might try ground elder instead,


You can have all mine if you like

maryf



Joined: 25 Oct 2009
Posts: 341
Location: suffolk
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 11 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've never felt the need to grow horseradish as there's tons of wild around here - including a huge patch on a nice accessible verge about 200 yds away!

Bulgarianlily



Joined: 01 Jun 2008
Posts: 1667
Location: South West Mountains of Bulgaria
PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 11 5:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Horseradish is dangerous, dangerous stuff, and my family won't let accident prone me grow it anymore.

I have to buy it in small prepared jars...

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