Cardoon

Cardoon is a very old, multiannual vegetable from the Mediterranean area. The bleached, ribbed leaves need to be cooked for consumption. In order to bleach, you can cover the plant with a burlap sack three weeks before it flowers. Most of the times cardoon is grown because of its very nice, artichoke-like flowers. If you sow in time, Cardoon will already flower the first year. The crop can withstand a great amount of frost, so you only need to cover it during heavy frost.

Cardoon

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Cardoon
Cardoon

Crop information

Species Cynara cardunculus
Sowing under glass April
Sowing in open ground May
Harvest under glass August, September
Harvest in open ground September, October
Indirect seeding necessary? No
Plant density in the row 60 cm
Plant density between rows 80 cm
Days to maturity 120-150
Plant height 80-150 cm
Best location Sunny