It was the first time we've tried planting a root like this, so we covered it in soil, watered it regularly and wished for the best.
Just under 2 months later, we noticed the first signs of the horseradish root beginning to sprout:
And now just about 4 weeks after we saw those first sprouts, we have a full fledged horseradish plant flourishing in the sun on our back landing:
Can you believe how well this guy has taken off?
We find ourselves amazed at how quickly it seems to be growing each morning when we check it out:
We've read these plants can sometimes grow up to 5 feet in height, but we have to say it's been pretty incredible to see it in person:
The big green leaves are shiny and full — giving off a faint scent of horseradish if you smell them up close (we even tasted a leaf early on and it has a hint of horseradish spiciness):
We can only imagine what that root must be doing underneath the soil, if this outer growth is any indicator, we just might have a bountiful harvest of horseradish root come the end of the season!
We'll be sure to keep you posted — especially when Tim shreds a little fresh horseradish in his bloody Mary's!
What plants have you planted already this year? Are any of them already surprising you like this guy has for us?