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Digging Horseradish Roots for Winter

Digging Horseradish Roots for Winter

Digging Horseradish Roots for Winter

Digging horseradish roots for winter serves two purposes. Preparing horseradish sauce and also storing the root for those that DO NOT get frost.

If you get frost – You can leave your plant in the ground.  If you want planting advice or to know why you can leave your plant in the ground, click HERE.

Digging Horseradish Roots for Winter


Horseradish needs a cold snap to thrive from year to year.  If you live in an area that doesn’t get frost – you have to dig out your plant root completely.

Directions to Dig Up and Store Horseradish

1.) To dig up your horseradish root use a pitchfork.  You will want to go around the entire plant in a circle pattern to lift the root ball of the plant. (If you get frost ignore this step)

2.) Shake off the soil.

3.) Cut the greens off the top and rinse and dry the root.




Digging Up Horseradish Roots for Winter

4.) Store the roots that are to be replanted next season in the fridge (40ºF to 32ºF) until spring. The roots need a cool resting period to simulate winter.

Store your horseradish in a loosely wrapped plastic bag to prevent the root from drying out. The root will keep in the refrigerator for 6-8 months.

Replant the root,  Direction HERE. 

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