Cardoon Porto Spineless/Cynara cardunculus/Artichoke Fleshy Leaf Stalks/Mild Flavor/Producing 6-7 Yrs/6-8" Tall/Spring Planting
Grown for its thick, fleshy stalks, it has a mild flavor reminiscent of artichoke hearts that lends itself to boundless culinary opportunities. Braised and topped with a cheese sauce, slow-cooked in a stew, or cut into sticks and deep-fried, this extraordinary vegetable can integrate into any meal. Typically growing to about 42 inches tall, it will perennialize in zones 7 and warmer, producing for 6–7 years and reaching a final height of 6–8 feet.
Sow Indoors 8-12 weeks before last spring frost date
Soil Temp for Germ 65–75°F
Seed Depth ¼"
Days to Emergence 10–20
Days to Maturity 100
Soil Temp for Transp 45°F
Plant Spacing 3–5'
Row Spacing 4–6'
Fertilizer Needs Low
Minimum Germination 70%
Seed Life Tender Perennial 1 year
Perennial in zones 6-10
Artichokes are reported to contain the highest level of antioxidants of all vegetables!