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Horseradish, Maliner Kren

Short Description

Excellent variety for making your own ground horseradish.

Full Description

This is the standard variety for gourmet horseradish sauce. Vigorous plants produce large white roots for use in late fall or winter-just chop and add vinegar. Plant as soon as the soil can be worked with the thick end up, about 18" apart. Harvest after 1 year in the garden.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

140-160 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

8 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

20-24 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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Mar 26, 2018

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    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Mar-28 - Last Date: May-02

How to Sow

  • Roots received before you are able to plant may be stored in slightly moist soil or sand or wrapped in a damp cloth held in a cool cellar for a couple of weeks. Examine the roots frequently as they should not be allowed to dry out, not should they be allowed to decay from too much moisture.
  • Plant horseradish in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked.
  • Choose a location in full sun with moist, fertile and medium heavy soil. Horseradish is a perennial crop, so choose a planting site where the roots may spread undisturbed.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Set plants 18 inches apart in rows 30 inches apart. Plant with the thick or larger end up, either in an upright or horizontal position. When planting in a vertical position, a stick or dibble 1 inch in diameter may be used to make the hole in which to plant the root. Cover the roots with 3 inches of soil.
  • Plants may take 4-6 weeks to emerge.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Several sprouts will grow from each root. The weaker sprouts should be broken off so that one or two of the strongest remain.
  • When the largest leaves reach 10 inches long, dig up main root and remove side roots on top (but NOT the bottom). Remove nearly all the leaves on the crown, then replant crown.
  • Repeat after 6 weeks.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Many gardeners make new plantings within five years as older roots tend to become woody.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Dig up roots after fall frost kills the foliage.
  • Store in refrigerator in an airtight plastic bag.
  • Use grated roots as a condiment.
  • Leaves may be used in salads.
  • Horseradish may be dried, either sliced or grated. It may be frozen using a vacuum sealer to help retain the savory oils.
  • Horseradish may be stored whole in a box of dry sand in a cool, dark place through the winter and used as needed. Or it may be preserved in vinegar.
Days To Maturity
140-160 days
Fruit Size
8 inches
Full Sun
12 inches
20-24 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
After Last Frost
12 inches
Life Cycle
Horseradish, Maliner Kren is rated 2.4 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought They were dead. I planted the roots mid spring as directed. After 6 weeks I thought they didn't make it. Finally saw green poking out of ground. They then grew very fast and are healthy. Every one have grown well. Looking forward to making fresh horseradish.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not one of 5 came up. The roots were very dry when received and I planted them in good soil, lots of water etc. Not one came through. True to their promise, Burpee provided a full refund. Just wish these would have grown.
Date published: 2016-08-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Total loss! Planted shortly after they arrived. They looked pretty dry, and didn't seem to still be viable. Hoped I was wrong, but not one has come up and its been over a month? Plenty of water, good soil, what the?? Always had good luck with Burpee, not so sure now??
Date published: 2016-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good I ordered this product in early spring and planted it about 6 weeks ago. The 5 roots appeared healthy and viable. All have since sprouted and have greened out nicely. I won't know for a year how the crop turns out but so far I am pleased.
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not buy. I ordered one bunch (5 roots) as a gift for my husband. He loves horseradish and we were looking forward to making our own. Unfortunately, the roots were shriveled up and even though we tried to re-hydrate them with wet paper towels and then plant them in some rich potting soil - not a single one took off. My husband said that the roots were most probably dead or too dry to have been rescued. Bummer!!
Date published: 2015-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Doing well! I ordered two bunches of these for a total of ten roots. There was molding present but they looked fine otherwise. All but one took, planted directly in the ground, and have great aboveground growth. (I will not dig to check the roots until next year.) A couple were slow to get started but have now caught up with the rest.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific Horseradish All five of my roots arrived in perfect condition. The instructions were easy to understand. I planted them when they first arrived in the spring directly into the ground with some compost added to the soil. It is now early July and all five of the plants are about two feet high and very healthy looking. I am looking forward to harvesting and making my own prepared horseradish.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from horseradish The roots arrived moldy and shriveled so I soaked them in warm water with a little bit of bleach in to kill the mold. Only one root appeared to be alive. After the bleach I rinsed them and left them in cool clean water for a couple of hours then I planted them in a bag with some soil so I could keep an eye on them. When I opened the bag I discovered the one root is growing well, one root is still firm the others are mushy and most likely dead. The mold has started to grow on the end of the soft roots so I cleaned it off and put them back in the soil. I'm used to better quality from Burpee so this has been disappointing but I am hopeful the one root will continue to grow and thrive.
Date published: 2014-05-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Horserubbish Like other reviewers, I was shocked to receive moldy horseradish. Being ever game, I tried rinsing off the mold and planting, but nothing came up after several weeks (of precious spring). I emailed and they promptly sent new horseradish, but one was again moldy!! Where is quality control? Fortunately the other 4 look OK, I'm soaking them tonight just to make sure there's signs of life and will plant tomorrow. This may be the last time I buy plants from Burpee.
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Horseradish roots Also received several roots with mold on them. Will complete a google search for technique to remove mold and see how that works. Will be planting the roots in containers due to limit space in the yard.
Date published: 2014-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I also ordered this horseradish. When I rec'd my order I also had 2 roots that were covered in mold(the bigger roots) like other review, so I threw those away and planted the other 3...they were the little ones. I am anxious to see how they do. So far every thing else has come up except the horseradish, time will tell .
Date published: 2014-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Received Two Bad Roots Unfortunately two fo the five roots received had a mold growing on them. Planted all five, the two infected roots in pots just in case, but only the three healthy roots sprouted. Disappointed in Burpee for that but can grow more after I get mature plants / roots. I'll update this again after I can harvest in about a year on taste and use.
Date published: 2012-07-01
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