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Growing Burdock, also Gobo (Japanese Burdock)

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Not recommended for growing in USA - Zone 5a regions

  • 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 50°F and 68°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 24 inches apart
  • Harvest in 17-18 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best grown in separate bed.

Your comments and tips

01 Feb 16, greg (Australia - temperate climate)
Are burdock leaves nutritious for humans to eat or juice?
09 Aug 15, Linda (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Where can I Buy seeds or seedlings of burdock root or burdock plant in south Africa
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?
20 Dec 15, Ben (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Carl, It's not usually a good idea to grow any plant in the same spot year after year as it encourages disease build up of various kinds (mildew, funguses, worms, other insects etc.) The easiest way to avoid pest build up is to not grow stuff in the same spot! The usual advice is 3 years but I would say two is enough. For nematodes you can also grow french marigolds, or asian mustard (you have to dig the leaves in to the soil for mustard though) Hope that helps Ben
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
20 May 17, Simone (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi, I am wondering this also. Have you been able to find it?
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 :)
19 Jul 14, Lauren (USA - Zone 8b climate)
I just harvested and ate the burdock ( gobo) I planted earlier this year. I'd like to plant more seeds. Any advice? Do I need to wait for the temperature to cool down a bit? In case you are wondering, all of it ended up as kinpira. It was devoured immediately. It was far too yummy.
06 Apr 14, M (USA - Zone 8a climate)
When is the best time to plant burdock?
15 Jan 14, Liz (Canada - Zone 5a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Eden seeds has burdock seeds available and you can order them online.
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