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Growing Burdock, also Gobo (Japanese Burdock)

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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 ( - 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

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.
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
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?
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 :)
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