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bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

February 17, 2007
12:53 PM

Post #3198080

My first adventure in growing cardoon (from seed). Info I found is for using it as a food crop by growing it in trenches to bury and blanch as it grows. I'm only growing for ornamental use. I need tips on growing. All I've found is plant/sew now barely covered.

P
Lala_Jane
North West, OH
(Zone 5b)

February 17, 2007
7:16 PM

Post #3199247

Does this offer any help?

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/gr_fruits_vegetables/article/0,2029,DIY_13846_4718074,00.html
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

February 18, 2007
12:09 PM

Post #3201084

Lala_Jane,
Thanks for the link. Looks like I'll have to keep a watch out for self seeding.

P
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 17, 2009
5:36 PM

Post #7377280

You sent me some of this.. dont/dint know what it is/was.. !
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 18, 2009
10:44 AM

Post #7379322

I got it to sprout and grow a little but it never got to be what I've send in gardening magazines.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 18, 2009
3:03 PM

Post #7379693

Well. never ate it! Im not much on some lettuces
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

December 20, 2009
5:30 AM

Post #7384038

I grew cardoon as an ornamental, but the season is short here and they only grew about 12 inches tall from a direct seeding. I might have better results if I winter sowed them or began the plants indoors. The leaves are a grey-green.
It is the stalks which are eaten. One suggestion I read was to wrap the stalks in newspaper to blanch them. Then you steam them and eat them like asparagus.
Caroline zone 3 Calgary

This message was edited Dec 19, 2009 10:41 PM
bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 20, 2009
11:07 AM

Post #7384417

Mine never got very big either
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 20, 2009
6:00 PM

Post #7385168

I have grown it a few years. It takes 5 to 7 months to bloom, so you need to start it indoors Jan or early Feb. It needs warm soil temp to germinate so indoor start may be better than ws. It also needs a cold period of less than 10C, which is 50F , but above freezing for about 10 days to bloom.

Here's mid June

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 20, 2009
6:02 PM

Post #7385172

about a month later: here's mid-July

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joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 20, 2009
6:11 PM

Post #7385197

And October 1st with the bloom

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BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 20, 2009
11:44 PM

Post #7386113

Looks like a thistle!
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 21, 2009
12:04 AM

Post #7386167

Yup, GinormousThistle
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 21, 2009
12:08 AM

Post #7386184

Ok, not gonna plant it. I have cardoon seed if someone wants it, but nope, no not gonna plant that. I beleive I have 2 paks, d-mail me if interested!

This message was edited Dec 20, 2009 6:09 PM
joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

December 21, 2009
12:13 AM

Post #7386191

It probably won't bloom so you don't need to grow it for that. The foliage is spectacular. I grow a whole bunch of herbs around it in a huge pot. It is about 3 feet tall and makes an awesome center focal.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 21, 2009
12:16 AM

Post #7386199

Nope, still not gonna do it. After seeing it, it does not look like anything I would want to grow, not even remotely! No less nibble!

2 paks, still available.. first come sirst serve!

bigred
Ashdown, AR
(Zone 8a)

December 21, 2009
10:32 AM

Post #7387189

Oh that's so beautiful
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 21, 2009
12:19 PM

Post #7387300

I know, and yer the
the one that gave
me the seed!

I have no clue what
it was till now!

Here I thought it was
like a leaf lettuce you row!
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

December 21, 2009
12:20 PM

Post #7387301

Thanks for the info on cardoon growing. I like the silver green foliage and never thought to try for flowers. I'll start it indoors for the coming season.
I think it would be neat to grow with a red foliage plant like Mountain Spinach (Orach) or the
Amaranthus that has red leaves(Velvet Curtains?).
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 21, 2009
12:22 PM

Post #7387303

Just a stupid question.. does not that thing have a tape root and wouldnt it be hard to transplant so therefore better to direct sow?
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

December 21, 2009
12:25 PM

Post #7387309

I guess peat pots might be an idea so tap root is not disturbed on transplanting.
BLOSSOMBUDDY

(Zone 5a)

December 21, 2009
1:45 PM

Post #7387466

Sounds logical to me!

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