per 100 grams
Carbohydrates 3.2 g
Proteins 2 g
Fats 0.7 g
Water 93 g
Fiber 2.9 grams
Trans Fats 0 ug
Ash 1.1 grams

Dock Plant

22 Calories per 100g

A dock plant is a perennial weed that belongs to the Polygonaceae family, meaning it is related to many other common garden plants such as rhubarb and sorrel. Native to Europe, dock plants are a nuisance in many parts of the world due to their high level of aggression and ease of spread. These invasive plants were probably originally brought to the Americas through agricultural activity, and now they can be found ranging from meadows to city yards and even roadsides.

Docks are perennial weeds meaning they return year after year, often with an increasing number of roots and shoots. These plants can become so large that they block pathways and are difficult to control and remove. Docks occupy a variety of environments and compete with both native plants and crops for water and space. They can thrive in disturbed soils or even those lacking nutrient content. As a result, they can quickly outcompete other plants and inhibit their growth.

The dock plant is identifiable by its long, pointed, oval-shaped leaves. Leaves usually appear in clusters and can vary in size depending on the age of the plant. The leaf margins may also have shallow saw-toothed edges. While most docks have a green color, some varieties will have a reddish hue or bronze-colored stems and leaves. During the summer season, an adult dock plant will produce a long furry flower stalk, topped with small greenish flowers and seedheads. Later in the fall, a sticky honey-colored goo is released from the seedheads.

Dock plants reproduce in two ways. Firstly, they are self-fertilizing, meaning each flower is capable of pollinating itself. Secondly, docks can reproduce through their creeping rhizomes. They spread laterally underground and form a system of roots and shoots that rapidly form new plants. In this way, a single bold dock can quickly populate a large area of land resulting in dense and thick growth.

So how do you control dock plants? Spot-spraying with a chemical weedkiller is one of the most effective methods. Herbicides such as glyphosate and 2, 4-D are known to kill docks; however, they can also damage or kill other plants in their vicinity depending on the formulation and concentration used. Physical removal using hoes or hand tools is also possible; however, the method is time-consuming. Finally, multiple applications of natural weedkillers such as vinegar, salt, citrus oil, and boiling water can seriously inhibit dock growth.

Controlling dock plants early is important as the roots of older dock plants tend to grow deep, making them difficult to remove. It is also recommended that you dispose of any dock plants you remove, either by burning or composting, as they may still contain viable seeds.

All in all, dock plants are an especially persistent and persistent weed that can reproduce rapidly and spread to many areas. They compete with other plants for space and resources, causing physical blocks and depleting soil nutrient levels. To prevent dock invaders, it’s best to practice prevention measures and spot-spray early. Physical removal and natural weed killers are also available, though time-consuming and sometimes not as effective as chemical options.