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Q.Eating Dandelions After Spraying

Anonymous added on April 14, 2014 | Answered

I keep reading that you should not eat dandelions that have been sprayed with weed killer. My husband sprayed last summer. Are the (obviously resistant to weed killer) dandelions safe to eat this spring?

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Answered on April 15, 2014

Almost all weed killers have a period of time after which where it is safe to eat food grown in them. The time varies. Organic solutions have a shorter time for safe consumption, whereas chemical controls tend to take longer to fade. Generally, this info is available on the product label. However, if it's unknown and the spray got on the plants, I would not eat them since most weed killers are absorbed by the plants and circulated through the plant tissues. As a safety precaution, I would wait another season or, in the very least, find another location (free of weed killer) with dandelion growth.

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