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Growing Burdock, also Gobo (Japanese Burdock)

(Arctium lappa)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
P P P P P     P P P P P

(Best months for planting Burdock in Australia - sub-tropical regions)

P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 20°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 60 cm apart
  • Harvest in 17-18 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Best grown in separate bed.

Burdock grows wild on roadsides and waste places and around field boundaries throughout Britain, Europe and North America; it is cultivated in Japan. It grows to about 2m (6ft) high. It has dark green leaves with a long tap root

Keep watch for seed heads as it can become an invasive weed. The prickly balls were the inspiration for the inventor of 'Velcro', George de Mestra.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Burdock

Harvest in the first year when the burdock root is very crisp and has a sweet, mild, and pungent flavour with a little muddy harshness that can be reduced by soaking julienne/shredded roots in water for five to ten minutes. Immature flower stalks may also be harvested in late spring, before flowers appear; the taste resembles that of artichoke, to which the burdock is related.

It is a key ingredient in the traditional Dandelion and Burdock beer.

Your comments and tips

16 Mar 15, Carl (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Do you have any information on growing Burdock in the same bed year after year? Apparently a parasitic worms (maybe Nematodes??) stop you growing a successful crop the following year. If this is true, is there a natural practice that can combat this?
01 Mar 15, mina seo (Australia - temperate climate)
I am living in Melbourne, could you please tell me where can I buy burdock roots? ? Thank you
28 Sep 14, Ros Stiles (Australia - temperate climate)
I have sourced many different herbs from this company - The Seed Collection. Look it up because I can't post links due to spam. They are ethical, organic, non GMO and very helpful. They also have a Facebook site. I have 8 about to plant out :)
15 Jan 14, Liz (Canada - Zone 5a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Eden seeds has burdock seeds available and you can order them online.
05 Jun 13, Cori (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
You can purchase Burdock seeds from ebay. I just received some today, hope that helps some of you.
10 Mar 13, Monika (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
could you please tell me where can i buy burdock root i live in Sydney Many thanks.
24 Mar 13, greg (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Monika you could try Tokyo Mart in North bridge Sydney they have it in sometimes .
03 Mar 13, tim efkarpidis (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
where do i buy burdock seeds in ACT and can we buy fresh in the markets ???I have never show it in any shop ?
26 Jan 13, marius pop (Australia - temperate climate)
Please tell me where I can buy fresh burdock roots. We really need it quiet quick. Thank you.
29 Jul 12, Tania (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
were we can buy in Australia the burdock plant or seeds. Thank you Tania
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