Cardoon, organic seeds

Eco Heirloom variety

Information

Is a large and stately, light-green, silver-coloured cardoon of long and broad white stems and deeply cut leaves. A portion contains about 40 seeds.


 

Product number:4865
Scientific name:Cynara cardunculus
Botanic family:The Sunflower Family - Asteraceae
Organic:Yes
Days to maturity:100
Lifespan:Perennial
F1 Hybrid:No
New variety:No
Sowing time:pre-cultivate: feb-april
Sowing depth:1-2 cm
Plant spacing:60 cm
Row spacing:100-150 cm
Germination time:10-20 days
Height:80 cm
Plant location:sun
Harvest/blooming:sept-oct
Seeds/g:25 seeds
Other:perennial
Heirloom variety:Yes

Cultivation advice

Sowing

Cardoon needs quite a long season and must be pre-cultivated because of it. Sow indoors or in a hotbed 1-2cm deep, 6-8weeks before setting them out, when the soil has warmed up a bit. It grows quickly and tolerates some frost in autumn.

Spacing

Give the plants ample space, at least 60cm mutually.

Harvest

To get the coveted, mild taste, the stems must be blanched for 3-4 weeks before harvest. Tie cardboard, strong paper or a bag around them or bank up around the stems. At harvest the leaves and the outermost stems are trimmed away. The remaining stems are boiled soft and freed of eventual noticeable strips. Enjoy them as they are with butter or use them instead of bulb-fennel or celery in various recipes. They can also be eaten raw when the strips have been drawn away.

Seed

1g contains 25 seeds. One portion yields 20-30 seedlings.
A portion contains about 40 seeds.