Growing Burdock, also Gobo (Japanese Burdock)

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(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 10°C and 20°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 60 cm apart
  • Harvest in 17-18 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Best grown in separate bed.
  • Burdock flower (commons.wikimedia.org - George Chernilevsky - Public Domain)

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

27 Feb 21, Yoko (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi, where can I buy gobo seeding? Thanks.
01 Mar 21, (Australia - temperate climate)
Try seed selling companies on the internet.
24 Jul 20, Elaine lopez (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi Were can i buy fresh gobo burdock root
27 Jul 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try a Google search
02 Apr 19, Rene’ (USA - Zone 2a climate)
Can you grow burdock root from the root it’s self? Can it be re-planted to start a garden? If not where can I purchase the seeds?
28 Apr 17, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
How do they look like as a.plant
30 Apr 17, Jack (Australia - temperate climate)
Burdock is a biennial member of the Asteracea family so has daisy type flowers. It is not easy to describe the appearance of the plant. You could look up pictures on the internet.
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)
ABSeeds.com.au have burdock seeds. Cheers,
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