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Wasabi Plant


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A well established plant will send large heart shaped leaves 60cm high, making a striking feature in a shady spot where other plants might struggle to gather enough light. These leaves will die back in winter as all the plants energy travels down into the rhizomes that will be forming at the base of the stems. These precious rhizomes are swollen stems, not roots, and they hold the vital goodness that will carry the plant through winter and see it re-grow with vigour the following spring.

Wasabi will survive temperatures down to –5ºC, to protect it from those really cold nights some straw or fleece covering the crown of the plant is a good idea. Patience is a virtue with wasabi and the reward of harvesting and grating your own fresh wasabi paste will be all the sweeter for the two years it can take to yield the famously pungent rhizomes.  Leaves and stems are edible and these can be picked in small numbers throughout spring and summer to spice up a salad whilst you wait for rhizomes to form.

In March and April long stems holding a cluster of delicately scented white flowers will appear, these can be eaten raw or fried in tempura batter if you are out to impress. After 18-24 months you will be able to see and feel rhizomes that grow up from the crown of the plant. When you can wait no longer pull the whole plant and carefully break apart for an eye-watering harvest to share with friends over sushi or in any of the delicious recipes and serving suggestions you will find on our website or by following us on social media.

We think we hold the British record at 377g for a single rhizome, if anyone can beat that we would prefer you keep it to yourself and not break our hearts!

All plants are now shipped with coir pots, not plastic. 


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Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Robert A. (Cheltenham, England)
Packing good but plant very droopy/stressed and damaged when opened

We bought a starter pack containing some condiments, a root, grater and a single plant but added another 3 plants as an option (covered in another review). This wasabi plant looked as though it had been packed many days previously as it was very droopy and obviously stressed. A number of its leaves were in a poor condition and their stems kinked/broken. We e-mailed the Wasabi Company on the day of receipt with photographs and a replacement was promised in the near future. At the time of writing this has not arrived. It is possible that the condiment jars in the same box shifted and squashed the plant during transit but it did look as though it was drought stressed too.

Hi Robert, thanks for the review, just to let you know that as per your instructions, we have been waiting for the wasabi grater brush to arrive back in stock and send out together with the replacement plant - happy to let you know this should be tomorrow so you'll soon have both :) best of luck growing the wasabi!

Marc R. (Bathgate, Scotland)
Wasabi plant

From start to finished delivery it was a great service. Emailed all the details and kept me up to date with my order.
Just wish I’d ordered three plants instead of one so if you are thinking about ordering get three.

Thanks for the feedback Marc, sorry you wished you'd ordered more! I'll DM you now with an offer if you would like to order some more plants or include on your next order :)

Rachael P. (Peterborough, England)
Wasabi Plant

After hearing how difficult it is to grow in the UK we are confident that with the detailed instructions in the leaflet we will provide it with the best conditions it needs to thrive! It’s a very exciting project!

Thanks Rachael - best of luck with the plant :)