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Arctium lappa
BURDOCK-WATANABE (GOBO) produces sweet edible roots to 80cm long. It matures earlier than the Takinogawa. A stout & handsome plant with large, wavy leaves & round unusual purple flower heads. It is an excellent source of B Vitamins & minerals. [Note to market growers: The root is sold in Asian markets with dirt still on it because if washed the attached greens wilt quickly. Great in stir-fry & soups. Burdock grows well in moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Harvest the roots when they are 30cm or longer.

Keep weeded & thin to about 10cm (4in) apart. The plant prefers regular watering. The reason for keeping the plants so close together is that it makes the roots grow long & thin which is desirable. Spring through to Summer. Do not like being planted with anything else, total loners.


Germination Time (Days) 10 – 20
Maturity Time (Days) 120 – 140
Sowing Depth (mm) 15
Plant Spacing (cm) 60
Row Spacing (cm) 60
pH 4 – 7
Soil Temperature (°C)
Hardy / Frost Tender Hardy
Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings Sow Direct
Seed Preparation
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