I am going to start harvesting my Czech horseradish in a month or so, and anticipate having lots of starts. This variety is much better flavored than the commercial strains; it is a tad sweet, and mild in comparison. My wife doesn't eat commercial horseradish, but eats this stuff by the spoonfull!
I have a limited number of naturally grown cuttings available for $2 apiece. Shipping will cost $5. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. You can either fall plant, or heel cuttings in and spring plant.
Hi Jon, It was given to me by my neighbor whose family has been growing it for at least 80 years he claims his grandmother got it from a local Amish farmer. I will call on him today and see if I can get some more details on its origin. It tastes great and like your wife, I can't get enough of the stuff, its like gold. I sure would like a second variety to compare it with. I don't need much, maybe 3 to 5 small nuggets. Purchase or trade no problem. Thanks again.
Hi Jon! I received the horseradish! Thank you very much. It's absolutely delicious! Sweet, creamy with a nice mild heat. I planted most of it in the garden... excited to have a second variety. Your horseradish package should arrive sometime this week. I threw in a few heads of garlic, hope you enjoy them. Peace Rick
The horseradish plants could definitely be heeled in, that shouldn't be a problem. I typically dig the roots through the winter for consumption and heel in the root cuttings for the next year's crop, then distribute to my garden in early spring.
My area is having a cold snap right now that put a halt to any horseradish digging, but I will let people know as soon as it thaws out again and the horseradish digging can resume! There is still plenty left.
I'd love 3-4 horseradish plants. What is heeling in and how do you do it? We are snow covered here in Lansing, MI (zone 5a), but if there is a way I could keep it, it's one less thing to remember to buy in the spring!
There are still some available, and the ground has just thawed out so I can again commence digging horseradish. PM me with how many you want and we can sort out the details.
To heel in is to plant outdoors in temporary, relatively protected location. Come springtime, the plant is relocated to its final home before growth starts in the spring. I would recommend mulching over the heeled in plants with several inches of straw to help isolate the plants. I would recommend not doing this in an area with a high winter water table - you don't want to drown the plants. Also, make sure the spot is well marked so you know where to dig it up in the spring! I usually heel these in next to a small tree branch so I can easily find them.
Does anyone else have advice for heeling in plants in colder climates? I'm in zone 8, so I don't have to do much to keep my plants going over the winter. I would assume that people in colder climates would end up using cold frames and such things.
Location: NW Pennsylvania Zone 5B bordering on Zone 6