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Cardoon Greens (100 days)

A member of the artichoke family, cardoon is a fascinating vegetable and occasionally an ornamental. In European cuisine the leaves are wrapped around the thick stalks to blanch them. The stalks are then eaten, fresh or cooked. The plants are quite meaty & tall with a distinct artichoke flavor. 

25 seeds

 

PLANTING

Cynara cardunculus

Germination: 10-18 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-80ºF

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2" deep

Sowing Indoors: 6-8 weeks before last frost. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Sowing into individual biodegradable peat/cow pots reduces root damage when transplanting. Transplant after last frost, 24-36" apart

Sowing Outdoors: Sow seeds in the fall if you live in zone 8 and above. 

Harvest - After blanching in the cool weather of fall. To blanch- tied up stalks in late summer or fall, wrap in newspaper and harvest after 3-4 weeks.

Tips -Plant in fertilie, well drained soil. Amend soil with compost or well rotted manure before planting.