How to Grow Horseradish at Home

Pesach is almost here which means it’s the perfect time to plant your Marror – for next year’s Seder!

This is the plant only six weeks after planting. Yes, it grows fast!

Horseradish is super easy to grow and is started from a piece of the root itself, which most of us will have in our homes in the immediate future. So now’s the time!

Here’s how:

Step 1. When you get your horseradish before Seder night, cut off one piece of at least 2 inches long. It can be small a scraggly piece. Save the juiciest ones for your Hillel sandwich!

Step 2. Fill up a pot with soil and plant the root, covering them with a few centimeters of soil. Water well every day.

Step 3. Within 2 weeks, you should be seeing the fleshy leaves of increasing size. By Shavous you should have a large plant. This plant grows fast! Just don’t forget to water every day or two in hot weather.

The leaves get really big, especially if you move it into a bigger pot.

Step 4. If you want fat roots, move it to a bigger receptacle or bin (with drainage holes drilled) with a lot more soil.

Step 5. Erev Pesach 2021: harvest your own organic marror! Forget paying 30 shekel/kg at the supermarket! Just word of warning: homegrown horseradish is HOT! You will certainly be experiencing the bitterness of slavery!

Don’t forget to separate Trumos and Maaseros!

Step 6. Save one piece of root and re-plant immediately for next year.

Homegrown horseradish roots, ready for peeling and slicing and serving on Seder night.

Is Horseradish a Weed?

Some people will tell you that horseradish is a weed because gardeners all over the world complain the roots spread and take over their gardens.

However, here in Israel I don’t believe it is a weed because it cannot survive our summer without careful watering. This year I killed mine when I went away for a three weeks in August.

Luckily a friend let me dig up a root from hers and I planted again in October – so this year we will have just a small amount. Thankfully a little bit of homegrown horseradish is more than enough to make you cry!

Happy Pesach Prep!

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