Growing Burdock, also Gobo (Japanese Burdock)

Arctium lappa : Asteraceae / the daisy family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
      P P P            

(Best months for growing Burdock in Australia - tropical regions)

  • P = Sow seed
  • 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

19 Sep 20, Heather (Australia - temperate climate)
Looks a lot like rhubarb - very large leaves.
03 May 16, hae kyung (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi, I live in Perth, I am a Korean and used to eat burdock root but haven't seen in here, Could you please tell me where can i get it in WA? Thanks
22 Mar 20, Victoria Brun (Australia - sub-tropical climate) have burdock seeds. Cheers,
02 Mar 19, Desmond Pereira (Australia - temperate climate)
I bought a couple of plants from Bunnings. They're growing really well!
23 Jan 17, Brooke (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Recently I saw some frozen burdock at MCQ at Coventry VIllage shops in Morley, try there!
01 Feb 16, greg (Australia - temperate climate)
Are burdock leaves nutritious for humans to eat or juice?
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?
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