Dandelion greens, which are known botanically as Taraxacum officinale, are a type of vegetable that can easily be grown at home. Continue reading to learn the basics of growing dandelion greens as well as common mistakes to avoid along the way.
Best Time to Plant Dandelion Greens
This will depend largely on your local climate, but as a rule of thumb, begin to plant the dandelion green seeds directly outdoors in early spring or fall. This is the best time to ensure that the seedlings survive the weather.
To check when dandelion greens are most likely to thrive in your area, see the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you live outside the US, do a quick search for ‘plant hardiness zone + [city]’.
How to Plant Dandelion Greens the Right Way
There are a number of things to consider that will help you avoid some of the common mistakes of growing dandelion greens in your home garden.
Often overlooked, your soil can have a huge impact on how well your dandelion greens grow. Generally, your soil should be well-drained and fertile. Soil PH levels should be around 6.0 to 7.0.
1″ apart in rows 18″ apart. 1″ apart in rows 12″ apart. The seeds should be sowed at a depth of about 6-8″. For each plant, be sure to sow at least a few seeds to ensure that at least one of them will germinate.
Begin thinning your dandelion green seedlings 6-8″ apart when seedlings are 1-2″ tall.
How Much Sunlight is Needed to Grow Dandelion Greens
The amount of sunlight is another key to a successful harvest. Too much sunlight will dry out your dandelion greens. Not enough sunlight will stunt your its growth or even kill it.
Ideally, your dandelion greens should be getting full sun to partial shade
How Much to Water Dandelion Greens
As you’ve figured by now, a lot can have an impact on how well your dandelion greens do, and the amount of water is no different.
Ideally, the soil should be damp to touch; not soggy or bone dry. If the leaves on your dandelion greens begin to change colors or start to look droopy, you need to adjust how much water you’re giving it.
Unfortunately, if you give it too much or too little water, you can kill it, so it’s best to just keep an eye on it and water as needed.
How Long Does it Take Dandelion Greens to Germinate and Grow?
Now the fun part begins and you get to watch your dandelion greens grow.
It takes approximately 10-14 days to germinate, and a total of 25-50 days from seed to harvest.
When to Harvest Dandelion Greens
The best time to harvest your dandelion greens is when leaves are young and tender, usually 3-4″ long.
Dandelion greens can grow up to about 6-12″ tall.
What Can Dandelion Greens Be Used For?
Food Use: great for salads, sautéed greens, and smoothies.
Flavor Profile: slightly bitter and earthy.
Can Dandelion Greens Grow in Pots and Containers?
Yes, you can plant multiple plants in a 12″ container. This can help control weeds and keep your plant from growing out of control.
It also gives you the flexibility to move your dandelion greens around if you need to adjust sunlight or bring it indoors to avoid harsh weather conditions.
Are Dandelion Greens Safe for Bees?
Yes, dandelion greens are safe for bees.
According to GreenPeace.org, bees pollinate human food crops that make up about 90% of the world’s nutrition.
Given their importance in our ecosystem and food supply, I feel it is important to note that growing dandelion greens is bee-friendly.