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Wondering about Horseradish

 
Travis Philp
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I have a few buckets of horseradish root that I dug up out of a neighbours yard. I'm going to transplant them around my fruit trees but the only instructions I can find online for planting, talk about root cuttings you buy from nurseries, which have a crown. Many of the roots I have were underground, and so they're without a crown. How deep should I plant these root pieces, and how far from the tree trunks should they be planted? I'm using them for the health of the trees more than for getting a crop but both would be nice.
 
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I'll answer the first part of my question for those who also wanted to know. I found this on youtube. Ah youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84T60jYWcBs
 
Robert Ray
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Deer seem to love horseradish leaves here.
 
Travis Philp
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Does anyone know how far from the trunk I should plant the roots, with the goal of healing the tree/warding off pests?
 
                            
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i eat horseraddish all the time, but i never heard it can heal trees... i only know its good insect repeller. i used to grow it next to potatoes against leptinotarsa.
i think pieces of root will grow anyway. just put them in the ground and water.
 
Brenda Groth
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if you till horseradish, it will grow everywhere..it is like a weed.

put it where it will never get tilled up if you are still tilling (we are no till)..otherwise it will take over your entire garden.

if you don't till it it won't move
 
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Indeed!  If your tiller chops a root into 100 pieces, you will gain 100 plants.
 
Travis Philp
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I ended up planting the horseradish roots about 2-3 feet from the trunk, at the edge of the circle of mulch around the trees. Each root spaced about 2 feet apart from eachother, circling around the tree trunk.  I don't plan to dig up these roots for harvest, so I figured that it'd be alright that I planted them so close to the trunk. I'm hoping that this wards off the leaf miners and other pests that have hit several of the fruit trees.

I don't till the soil so they shouldn't spread too badly. Even if they do, I'll just have more mulch plants and/or roots to eat, sell, or transplant.

I might plant more horseradish at the (eventual) mature dripline of the trees (approx. 7-10 feet from the trunk) in the spring but I'll wait and see the success rate for my transplants first.
 
                            
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I bought a horseradish root from the farmers market and cut it in pieces, (before I knew better) and planted a piece.  It grew fine.  But after researching I found out if you plant the whole root you get more "fruit" LOL sooner. Oh well, I'm just happy it worked. The point is all you have to do is plant the root and it will gorw.  if you plant the whole root it will produce new roots even sooner!
 
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