How to Grow Burdock

Burdock is often overlooked as a weed rather than a healthy vegetable. image by Homeredwardprice:


Burdock is a hearty plant for growing in a garden. Medicinally, burdock can be used as a tonic for the liver. The leaves can be brewed into a tea, and the root is a hearty vegetable that is great for soups. It is used to make a traditional soup in Japan called gobo soup. Burdock grows as a weed in many locations, and it is easy to add to your garden for free or at a low cost.

Step 1

Gather your seeds from burdock plants by removing the burrs in the fall. If the burrs come off easily, the seeds are ready. Buy your seeds if you don't have access to wild plants.

Step 2

Pick a spot of your yard that has deep, rich and sandy garden soil. Loose soil will make it easier for you to harvest the roots later. Make sure the area you are going to grow your burdock in is either a sunny location or gets partial shade.

Step 3

Sow your burdock seeds directly into the soil in early spring or summer. Press each seed 1/4 inch into the ground and cover with soil.

Step 4

Water your burdock daily to keep the soil damp, but not soggy.

Step 5

Thin your burdock plants once they begin growing so that they are 4 inches apart. Typically, burdock begins growing after 2 weeks.

Step 6

Weed your burdock regularly, especially while the plants are still young.

Things You'll Need

  • Burdock seeds


  • Burdock and Gobo
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About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.

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