Frost Hit US Wasabi Farmer Replanting
I have just been contacted by a US wasabi grower who was badly hit by serious frost damage last year. He tells me they have replanted two of their greenhouses and purchased some heaters so this doesn’t happen again. 🙂
They even included some photographs to show their determination to continue. Good luck to them.
You will notice they use a gravel system with overhead sprinklers to provide the water needed by the growing wasabi plants.
Apart from the new heaters (which are not shown) there does not seem to be any other environmental controls used to maintain the correct wasabi growing conditions which probably means they lucked into finding the right area to start with. Not everyone can be that lucky and will need to set up a growing facility with a bit more than this simple setup.
The gravel system used by this grower does have some limitations and makes it difficult and expensive to expand their growing ability as they are limited by floor space.
This is the simplest and least expensive way of setting up a commercial wasabi farm, but as I said above there are limitations to expansion and increasing productivity.
It looks as though this US grower will be able to supply some fresh wasabi rhizomes in 12 – 18 months. Hopefully they don’t have any more serious setbacks.
Note the use of measuring sticks to get the planting positions for the wasabi plants correct for this type of growing. They should be approximately 12 inches apart in order to produce decent size rhizomes. Using a different growing method it would be possible to decrease the spacing significantly and improve productivity.
Haven’t heard anything from the Canadian growers since they sold out to the New Zealanders. No news is good news I suppose.
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