by johnah on November 19, 2020
About Wasabi Plants: Can You Grow A Wasabi Vegetable Root?
The question whether you can grow a wasabi vegetable root depends on your location and climate. If you live in North America or Europe, then yes, it’s possible to grow a wasabi plant root outdoors. However, if you are living in Asia, Africa or South America then it will not work well because the soil there does not allow the growth of a healthy root system.
In addition, it is very difficult to keep a wasabi plant alive outdoors. The roots of the plant die within two years. Soil conditions must be perfect for the root system to survive and thrive. And when they do, the plant grows slowly without any sunlight at all!
So what is the answer? Is it possible to grow a wasabi vegetable root indoors?
Yes, but you need special equipment and specialized care.
How To Grow A Wasabi Plant Indoors?
You can start with one of these methods to grow a wasabi plant root indoors. They are easy and quick ways to get started. There are other options too, but none of them is as good as the ones mentioned here. So let’s see which method works best for you!
1. Wasabi Plant Seeds
Wasabi plant seeds are the cheapest and easiest way to start growing a wasabi root. There are two different types of wasabi seeds available on the market today; these are E.Plant and Pacific Coast. Both of them are high-quality and have been proven to grow successfully in an indoor environment.
The first one (E.plant) is more expensive as it is rarer and has a shorter shelf life. The second one (Pacific Coast) is cheaper and easier to find on the market. Both types of seeds have been grown and tested successfully for over 30 years by independent gardeners and wasabi farms in the United States.
The best time to start growing a wasabi root is during the winter season. You should start with fresh seeds that are less than a year old. You can also find special seed kits for growing a wasabi root indoors. These kits include all the necessary tools and equipment you need to grow a successful root.
Preparing And Sowing Wasabi Plant Seeds
To start, collect small containers such as egg cartons. Then fill them with lightly moistened soil or starter cubes. The next step is to place two wasabi plant seeds in each container and cover them with soil. You must consistently keep the soil moist but not wet. If the soil is soaking wet then you must drain out the excess water.
If it is dry then you should add some water to it.
Once the seeds start to sprout, keep the soil moist but not wet. The more sunlight they get, the better. You can place them outdoors during the spring, summer and fall season. This allows them to get natural sunlight which helps the plant to grow stronger and healthier.
Transplanting Wasabi Plant
You should start transplanting the wasabi plant to larger containers when it grows bigger. Place three seeds in each container and keep the soil moist as before. After a few weeks you can identify the largest and healthiest seedling. Then, get rid of all the other seedlings to allow this plant to thrive. Transplant it once again into a larger container.
You must keep the soil moist but not wet. If it gets dry, then you must add water to it. You can keep the wasabi plant outside during spring, summer and fall. During winter, you should keep it inside as its a native plant to Japan and it cannot survive freezing temperatures.
Harvesting And Storing Wasabi Plant
When the leaves of the wasabi plant start to turn yellow you must harvest it immediately. You can harvest the entire plant or just the roots depending on what you need. To harvest, simply pull it out of the container or cut the stem with some scissors.
If you want to store it, then keep the wasabi plant roots in a container of water. It should last up to a week this way. You can then dry it in the sun for several days until all the moisture is gone. Store them in an airtight jar in a dark and cool place. The roots should last for several months.
Wasabi plant seeds are widely available on the market. You can buy the seeds, start them indoors and then transplant them outdoors when the weather starts to warm up. You can harvest the leaves and roots as needed.
Wasabi plant is a delicious herb that can be prepared and served in many different ways. You can grate it, chop it, slice it or add it to your meal uncut. It is perfect for flavoring sushi, certain types of sushi, and other types of seafood dishes as well.
You can enjoy the unique flavor of wasabi in many dishes. Wasabi is one of the healthiest spices you will ever consume. Just a small amount can give food a nice flavor and a health boost as well.
Wasabi can help to prevent and relieve cold and flu symptoms such as coughing, stuffy nose and congestion. It can also settle an upset stomach, ease liver issues and lower blood pressure.
A lot of people love sushi and they will enjoy it even more if they know there is a healthy and delicious herb used to flavor it. You can start a small patch in your backyard or you can grow it in containers on your balcony.
Wasabi plant is a versatile herb that you can use in many dishes and it is absolutely delicious.
Sources & references used in this article:
Erwinia carotovora subsp. wasabiae subsp. nov. isolated from diseased rhizomes and fibrous roots of Japanese horseradish (Eutrema wasabi Maxim.) by M Goto, K Matsumoto – International Journal of Systematic …, 1987 – microbiologyresearch.org
Analysis of Volatile Components in Essential Oil of Upland Wasabi and Their Inhibitory Effects on Platelet Aggregation by H Kumagai, N Kashima, T Seki, H Sakurai… – Bioscience …, 1994 – Taylor & Francis
Development of an in vitro hydroponic culture system for wasabi nursery plant production—Effects of nutrient concentration and supporting material on plantlet growth by NN Hoang, Y Kitaya, T Shibuya, R Endo – Scientia Horticulturae, 2019 – Elsevier
Initial research on the production of water-grown wasabi in the Waikato by JA Douglas, JM Follett – Proc. Agron. Soc. NZ, 1992 – agronomysociety.nz