How to Grow Cardoons. The plants make an attractive architectural addition to a border or the vegetable garden. Leaves are very similar to artichoke, as is the size of the plant, 3-4 feet high. They also flower with the characteristic artichoke-like flower. The first year I grew a single plant and it was big and beautiful and I fell in love with it, but it didn't survive the winter. They are popular in the Mediterranean countries. It should be possible to harvest up to ten stems from each plant. It has become an extremely important medicinal herb in recent years following the discovery of cynarin. Growing Cardoons. Planting out Cardoons are similar to globe artichokes in appearance but are grown for their stalks and thick midribs, which are blanched just before harvesting. My final Globe and Mail article for the 2010 growing season was on growing and eating cardoon.Cardoon is lesser-known relative of the artichoke that is considered a delicacy in Mediterranean cuisine. Cardoons are close relatives of artichokes. Like artichokes it grows into a stately and somewhat dangerous thistle-like plant, but unlike artichokes you eat the stems, not the flower buds. Cardoon (100% Heirloom/Non-Hybrid/Non-GMO) Basically, Cardoon is an Artichoke Thistle. Both are cousins with thistles and like them have spikes on the edges of the leaves. I've been growing cardoon for several years now with varying degrees of success. Quick Tip Planting Guide: Depth to Plant Spacing Between Plants Days to Germinate (Sprout) GerminationSoil Temp Planting Season
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