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 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

01 Jul 21, Kamohelo (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I wanted to plant burdock but am not sure if I am in a semi-arid area. I am close to Bloemfontein and Bloemfontein is a semi-arid area. Milk thistle grows here so is it advisable to plant burdock
10 Jul 21, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
You should be OK.
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
13 Dec 19, Suzanne (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Koanga sell burdock seeds
08 May 19, Kevin (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Hi my brother an i have started from 2019 to study the cause of diseases especially diabetes .we have started making our own cleases with dandelion an.plantain thanks to the doctor sebi ,we have started to research more about herbs
08 Jul 20, Filip (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
I'm also interested in growing Burdock. I also follow Dr Sebi and Dr Morse. I'd like to grow my own herbs and make tinctures.
07 May 19, Kevin (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Where can i purchase burdock seeds
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Try seed selling companies on the internet.

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