How to Grow Yellow Dock Plants

The Yellow dock is also known as curly dock and the botanical name is Rumex crispus. The Yellow dock plant is a member of the buckwheat family. The plant is a perennial herb which is often considered to be a weed, and they grow wild in many areas of North America. This perennial herb has been used for centuries and they are valued for their medicinal and nutritional qualities. Continue reading to learn more about growing yellow dock plant and also their uses.

Yellow Dock Plant Uses

There are a lot of benefits of yellow dock herbs and according to history, the herbs have been used since ancient times and currently it is still used by herbal medicine practitioners. The plant roots and leaves are used to improve digestion, also to remove toxins from the body, and they are often taken as a gentle laxative. The yellow dock herbs are also used to treat various skin conditions (including burning from stinging nettle) and may be useful as a mild sedative. A lot of Native Americans used the yellow dock herbs to treat wounds and swellings, sore muscles, kidney trouble, and jaundice.

 Furthermore, in the kitchen the tender yellow dock leaves are steamed much like spinach, and then served with olive oil and garlic. The leaves and the stems can also be eaten raw or added to salads. The yellow dock seeds are frequently used as a healthy coffee substitute. A lot of herbalists have warned that the plant can be too powerful and it should not be used as a home remedy without expert advice. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you seek professional advice if you’re interested in using the yellow dock herbs medicinally.

How to Grow Yellow Dock Herbs

 The yellow dock plants are commonly found in fields and other disturbed areas, like along roadsides and in pastures in USDA zones four through seven. If you want to try growing your own yellow dock plant you have to consider that the plant is invasive and they can become a pesky weed. If you still actually want to give it a try, scatter the yellow dock seeds on the soil in fall, or in spring or summer. The yellow dock plant prefers moist soil and either full sunlight or partial shade. Look for some of the yellow dock seeds to germinate in a few weeks, with more seedlings showing up for the next few years. Do not attempt to transplant wild plants, as the long taproots make transplantation nearly impossible. To help keep the yellow dock plant under control, you may want to try growing it in a container. Just make sure the container is deep enough for the taproot. 

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