Are there land alternatives for growing Wasabi?
The short answer to this is yes!
The reality is that with the right growing method and system Wasabia japonica can be grown almost anywhere if the growing conditions suit the wasabi plant.
It is the growing conditions that determine the success or failure of the growing plants rather than where they are being grown.
The land alternatives for growing Wasabia japonica are as varied as possible. Anywhere that has the right growing conditions, whether they are natural or man-made is where you can grow Wasabia japonica.
The further away from the ideal natural conditions (as found in the mountains of Japan), then the higher the cost of achieving those conditions in other places.
That means that Wasabia japonica can be grown in the snow and ice of the Arctic circle and Antarctica all the way to the Equator, and any place in between.
Don’t let your present land location stop you from developing your Wasabi Farm just because the environmental conditions are not perfect.
We have set up operational wasabi farms in Southern New Zealand in the cold and snow; in Northern New Zealand in the semi tropical weather; in Northern Europe with snow on the ground for a substantial part of the year; in the Northern USA where 12 ft of snow is not uncommon; on the Equator where 30 – 35 deg C temperatures are the norm; and SE Asia where humidity and high temperatures fight each other for dominance.
All these places produce high quality Wasabi, so do not think that your location is any different.
Even if you do not own any land, but have a building or shed you can use then you have the makings of a wasabi farm.
In fact, our preferred option is to grow wasabi in a building or structure.
If you are not certain that the land you currently have or at looking at getting is suitable then drop me a line at [email protected] to get an answer.