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May 17, 2009 07:30 PM

Richters Herbs - Wasabi Plants

Was up at Richter's Herbs in Goodwood today picking up a few things to play with for the summer, and some chile seeds.

I noticed that they had some Wasabi plants, going for $15.00 each. Has anyone had any experience in growing these in Toronto?

The place is definitely worth a visit to those who haven't. Probably the best selection of herbs in the Province, including varietals of various herbs from different regions. Who know that the broad-leaf thyme used in Caribbean cooking is completely different from the tiny leaves used in European cooking. And Mexican coriander is a sharp, angry looking plant.

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  1. That is a good find, and one I'm interested in. (Not to mention a dozen or so sushi chefs!!)
    The plant has been grown commercially in the Appalachians (Smokeys), Oregon, and lower B.C. mainland. Usually in a stream, or bog, somewhat like rice.
    I may wander up to Richter's and get a plant, and establish it in a stream (I don't have a stream!), as they are fairly close to me.

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    1. re: jayt90

      Check the website. They are suggesting that a stream might not be necessary. Also, availability is limited. They did have a number of them today.

      1. re: Snarf

        We got the wasabi plant a few years ago...and died soon after :P Wasabi is not easy to grow but good luck!! :) You also need to wait a few years before you can harvest.

        I would just go buy a fresh one from Taro's Fish since they stock it quite often.

        1. re: tyatt

          Did you follow the planting directions? It does sound somewhat challenging unless you keep it inside, or have the right soil.

          1. re: Snarf

            We kept it inside and tried very hard to keep it alive but it died quite fast. It's pretty tricky to grow wasabi properly..... even in Japan!! It's probably better to use the hydrolic method....

    2. Did you happen to see if they had any meyer lemon trees available?? I'm trying like heck to find one in the GTA!

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      1. re: jo_jo_ba

        I didn't see any, and they aren't mentioned on the website. Give them a shout, though, as they have fairly extensive ties in the business.

      2. I was there this morning (Victoria Day) and got a wasabi plant. They have about a dozen left. They have lots of growing advice, if you ask. I don't think it will be too hard, but there will be no root crop for 2-3 years.
        There are so many interesting herbs, plants, and seeds here, from a culinary standpoint.
        I got Mexican oregano, Amish tomatoes ( a superb tray of large plants for $10), and many obscure packages of seeds.

        jo_jo_ba, there are no Meyer lemon shrubs there. They tried greenhouse propagation some time ago, but the plants were attacked by scale, a nasty insect. They may try again.

        They ship to Canada and the U.S.

        Richter's is definitely worth a visit for selection and service, this time of the year.
        As we might say in another thread, "worth a side trip".

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        1. re: jayt90

          Glad to hear that you were in time to get one. They definitely have amazing selection and quality.

          I like being able to use herbs from the various parts of the globe with the recipes from the regions. There truly is a difference in the flavours between the indigenous herbs from the ones you'd buy in the supermarkets.

          1. re: jayt90

            Just a follow up on my wasabi plant. I put in a fairly dark area of my condo back yard, (no direct sun light) and kept it moist. It has done well for two years. No crop yet but probably next year. It doesn't require special care or fertilizing, just lots of water and little sunlight.
            It seems to be similar to a horseradish plant, meaning iron clad once established, and easy to divide.

            1. re: jayt90

              Thanks for the follow up Jayt90. I didn't realize this thread was 2 years old until I read your post!

              1. re: ylsf

                I just checked the website and they are sold out this year. Anyone wanting a wasabi plant should contact them early next year.
                There is also a site selling Japanese and Asian vegetable seeds, and it is not too late to start some of them.

                Goodwood Rd, Uxbridge, ON L9P, CA

          2. Richters is great and worth visiting! Too bad I don't have a green thumb and basically have no success when I try to grow from seed or when I try to grow plants period. I love their huge variety of herbs and will buy those in the pot rather than try and grow from scratch. I have a great aloe vera that I bought at Richters and have managed to keep it alive for 5 years (a big accomplishment for me!). They also have some good free seminars. I attended one on herbs and it was very informative.

            1. Darn about the ML. Thanks though for the heads up! I definitely agree Richter's is AWESOME for herbage though - most of my garden comes from there (def. love the marshmallow mint!) I got Stevia there too.