Vegetables Cardoon Porto Spineless

Porto Spineless

Cardoon Seed

Product ID: 1749

Artichoke-flavored leaf stalks.

The leaf stalks and midrib of cardoon have a similar flavor to artichoke when boiled (not for eating raw). Both portions are commonly used as a side vegetable, addition to stuffing, or in soups and stews. Cardoon must be blanched before it can be eaten. To blanch, tie the stalks up firmly and wrap with black plastic or black and white newspaper. If left unharvested, the 3-4' tall plants will produce large purple, thistle-like flowers. The sharply lobed and serrated, silver-green leaves add a unique addition to flower arrangements. Perennial in Zones 6-10. Avg. 11,600 seeds/lb. Packet: 25 seeds.

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Packet

$3.95
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50 Seeds

$6.05
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250 Seeds

$9.95
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1,000 Seeds

$26.50
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5,000 Seeds

$112.75
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10,000 Seeds

$172.40
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CULTURE: Cardoon requires very fertile, well-drained soils with a pH of 6.5–8.0. Cardoon is vigorous and can be started 6–8 weeks prior to last frost date. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell in plug trays or individual containers ¼" deep. Germinate at 70–80°F (21–26°C) and keep soil moist until emergence. Thin to one plant per cell when the first true leaves appear. As soon as seedlings can be handled, transplant to 4" pots or 1½" cell-type containers, if necessary, and grow at 60–70°F (15–21°C) day and 50–60°F (10–15°C) night. Transplant 6- to 12-week-old plants to the field 2–3' apart in rows 4–6' apart.
BLANCHING: Gather stalks in late summer or early fall, tie upright with twine, and wrap with black plastic or black and white newspaper to exclude sunlight. Blanching is done for 3–4 weeks during the cooler weather of early fall.
HARVEST: Harvest after blanching, cutting at the base of the stalks to keep intact.
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/LB.: Avg. 11,600.
PACKET: 25 seeds, unless otherwise noted.

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Quick Facts

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Latin Name
Cynara cardunculus
Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
100 Days
Life Cycle
Plants are either Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grows year after year), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Tender Perennial
Hybrid Status
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits. Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Open Pollinated
Product Features
Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Good variety to choose for fresh cut Flowers displays.
Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets