Burdock does not necessarily require to be grown in containers, you can plant your seedlings or directly sow some seeds in the ground. Planting is done early in the spring, but it will take a bit of time to get a good crop of roots. This plant needs to be located in partial shade or full sun, and requires deep soil mixed with sand.

Burdock is a biennial plant of the genus Arctium, and belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is native to European countries and some temperate countries in Asia. Given that it is biennial, burdock has a well-planned lifespan. In its first year, it produces a rosette of massive leaves. After the second year, its cycle is completed by a beautiful bloom. Burdock is often grown for its root because it is edible during the first year and can be eaten as a vegetable. The cultivation of Burdock is mainly centred around the root, and there are very specific growing methods that will help you get healthy roots.

Growing burdock

Growing burdock is relatively easy. However, before planting or sowing seeds, it is necessary to take some precautions so that your plants can grow under optimum conditions. You can already start preparing the seeds before putting them in the ground. Typically, this preparation is conducted at least one month before planting. To carry out this procedure, place the seeds in a container and then cover them with a quarter inch (0.6 cm) of soil. You can buy soil in a specialized store or burn some earth from your garden in order to destroy existing pests or diseases it may contain. Then, place the container in a mid-shade location and water every other day. After one week the seeds will begin to germinate. Once you see the small roots emerge, you can start the transplant.

It is important to get the soil ready before planting the prepared seeds. Make sure the soil is soft and perfectly drained. It is also advisable to enrich the soil by adding a little organic matter. Also take are to remove the stones and pebbles found in the earth. It is advisable to place your seedlings in a sunny location. Furthermore, it is also necessary to ensure that your plants have a constant humidity level during their growth phase. To put your seeds in the ground, make a hole about one inch (2.5 cm) deep to allow the roots to be well-ventilated so that they can grow easily. When the plantlets begin to sprout, you must clear the ground and leave at least 6 inches (15 cm) between each plant. You can also grow your young seedlings indoors to keep them sheltered until your garden soil is sufficiently warmed up to put them in the ground.

Harvest and consumption of burdock

The roots of burdock are normally ready for harvest 2 to 4 months after planting. Generally, there is no need to wait for a part of the root to emerge from the soil to harvest them, unless you want to reap very large roots. Use a spade to harvest the roots. Place it next to the plant and press gently to press the roots out of the hole without severing them. For burdock sown in spring, harvesting will be in summer.

For consumption, you can add a few pieces of root to a vegetable soup. Burdock root is often used as a vegetable and is especially valued for its medicinal properties. You can also steam cook them or add them as an ingredient in sauteed vegetables.

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Published in Annuals by Alexander on 08 Aug 2011