A beautiful and attractive edible Heirloom loved by pollinators
The rouge d'Alger cardoon is a heirloom that originates from Algeria. It has large, edible and highly ornamental stalks which are red blushed in colour, creating a stunning contrast against the blue-green leaves. The flowers are beautiful. loved by pollinators and just like a small artichoke, can be cooked before the buds open. It is a very attractive variety taht is fabulous in the garden. Germ 14-30 days.
Scientific Name: Cynara cardunculus
Plant Life Cycle: Perennial
Optimal Germination Temperature: 20-22C
Germination time in days: 15-30 days
Indicative Days to maturity: 90-120 days
Sunlight: Full sun
Soil requirement: Fertile, rich in organic matter
Sowing and cultivation: Sow either indoors or outdoors in March or April, directly in the garden. If growing them outdoors, sow two or three seeds every 25–30cm , sow seeds 1 cm deep, 10 seeds per foot. Thin seedlings to 60-80 cm apart in each direction. If planted in the spring, harvest from August.