Burdock, Watanabe (Arctium lappa), packet of 30 seeds, organic

$2.95

Family: Aster (Asteraceae)

Biennial, overwintering zones 3 to 9, usually grown as a garden annual, 50 days to harvest.

(Watanabe Burdock)  Biennial native to temperate Europe and Asia  The long, thin, early-maturing roots of Watanabe are the best we’ve ever had for eating.  They are smooth textured and sweetly nutritious as a boiled vegetable or scrubbed hard and grated in a ginger and tamari marinade.   Sow seed in spring directly in regular garden soil, thin to 6 inches apart and harvest that first year–like carrots.

30 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Question

    subscribe4clo (verified owner)

    Do the seeds need to be stratified?
    or can I plant them now? (end of september) in zone 9a/b – SoCal

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Burdock is grown as an annual for root production. You can plant the seeds almost anytime in a Z 9. Burdock is a simple warm soil germinator—it doesn’t need stratification. richo

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    Richo Cech

    Admin Richo Cech

    If digging is not your thing, take an old bale of wet hay and knock together four 1 x 4s like an empty-bottomed flat to fit right on top of the hay bale.  Then fill this with garden soil and plant your burdock seeds in there.  They will germinate and send their roots down into the hay.  To harvest, remove the boards and pull apart the hay to reveal perfectly formed and tender roots.

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    • codakine42

      That is an awesome method!! I’ve never heard of anyone giving that as advice before!!

      So I’m thinking about the old wet bales of hay though, wouldn’t that invite certain mold or bacteria to have open access to the roots?

      I’ve been wanting to grow burdock and other veggies with big tap roots. But don’t have many good areas for them.

      Sorry I didn’t know how to make A reply to your comment

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi there, the use of straw and hay for mulch is very common and yes, there is a healthy presence of bacteria and fungi (not mold). I wouldn’t recommend this “hay bale garden” if I hadn’t tried it myself, it is a good approach, I recommend you try it, the roots come out nice and clean and edible. richo

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    • eilyn

      Richo I hear often that hay has pesticides and bugs. For example they shouldn’t be used for chickens because they get some form of fleas. Have you heard this? I am in zone 10b. I am so excited you have burdock. Thanks all the information I’ve read is great.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Eilyn,
      It is best to use organically certified hay or straw. I have not heard about hay carrying chicken fleas.
      Richo

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