I bought a pomegranate tree about 7 years ago. It spent a few years in a pot and then I moved it out to a spot that gets a decent amount of afternoon sun. I love pomegranates but since then I have been waiting. Waiting for even one fruit to lay. The tree is supposed to be self-fertilizing, but every year the flowers appear, many flowers.
And I see how the flowers end, and a week or two later the fruits fall out. Each and every one of them. I know they take a while to lay fruit regularly. But I think after 7 years I should have one….definitely….at least one beautiful pearl filled fruit.
Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) is a familiar accompaniment to many hearty dishes. It is particularly popular with fish dishes or as a creamy horseradish along with various flavors. The characteristic pungency is in the horseradish root. This can be removed from the soil already in the planting year. As soon as the leaves begin to wilt and dry, root growth will also cease. The popular taper is then ready to be harvested.
Depending on the weather, this is usually from the end of October. The taproot can be easily dug out of the ground. However, since horseradish is very frost-hardy, it is not necessary to remove everything at the same time. The plants can also be left for the time being and the roots dug up later. Even persistent soil frost does not affect the quality of the sharp root. If the plants are not kept in the bed for the second year. They must be removed at least before regrowth next spring.
Varieties of Horseradish
Horseradish leaves vary widely. Older strains of common radish have leaves as tall as 10 inches across, but “bohemian” strains have narrower leaves. The latter is the type of horseradish that is grown commercially, so if you plant store-bought horseradish roots, you are probably growing Czechoslovak heritage horseradish. The variety ‘Maliner Kren’ is of this type.
Horseradish is best planted in the spring, whether you start with tops from a nursery, or root from the supermarket. Most families harvest enough horseradish for their needs from two or three plants.
How to Plant Radish
Horseradish is grown from sets. These are crowns, like what asparagus grows out of. Plant the sets one month before the last frost.
Make sure to amend the soil in your planting area. If you are planting in a bed, be sure to loosen and enrich the soil at least six inches below your planting site.
It is best to cover 8″ to 10″ of soil in a new location that receives partial or full light. To boost site drainage and fertility, you should incorporate 2″ to 3″ of well-rotted compost, old manure, or any organic supplement into the top 8″ of soil.
Use a digging fork or sharp spade to dig the horseradish under the root system. Press the tool carefully on the soil, removing the roots and afterwards, it is best to gently shake the remaining dirt from the roots.