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Growing Cardoon

(Cynara cardunculus)

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(Best months for planting Cardoon in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.


  • Grow in seed trays, and plant out in 4-6 weeks. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 55°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 - 59 inches apart
  • Harvest in 34-35 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Best grown in separate bed.
  • Cardoon foliage

Cardoon is a tender perennial from the same family as globe artichokes, grown as an annual for its young leaf-stalks.

Blanch the stems. Tie the leaves together in a bunch and wrap paper or sacking around the stems. Or, form a hill of soil around the stem. Harvest four to six weeks after blanching. Cut them off at ground level and trim off the outer leaves.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Cardoon

Cut off the base and leaves, then cut the stalks into pieces.
Boil the stalks for around 20 minutes until tender: drain, and peel off the surface of the stalks. Add precooked cardoons to a variety of dishes, they go well with mushrooms.


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03 Feb 12, christopher petersen (Australia - temperate climate)
where can i purchase some cardoon seed
22 Apr 10, Chris@Gardenate (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Carmen, you probably can't/shouldn't grow cardoon in Australia as it's considered an invasive weed. It's a registered weed in NSW. Not sure about other states.
21 Mar 10, carmen (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Desperate to buy cardoons seeds. Can you tell me where?

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