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Cardoon in silhouette

Cardoon in silhouette (Cynar cardunculus)

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really like these, a lady whos garden i walk by somtimes dug me up some of hers :) ive only had one head from mine which is in a vase in my living room...

i bet they look glorious...

from jane...

30 Jul, 2013


Thanks Jane - I love them too and plenty of flowerheads to open too!

30 Jul, 2013


welcome, you know when they open and just before they almost fly away :) thats when i cut my only one, its like its suspended in time still is as purple as the day i cut it plus just a few bits look like they about to go airborn...
any tips to help the one growing in garden to gain more heads?
nice reminder this photo. thx...

from jane...

30 Jul, 2013


Lovely - I've only ever managed 2 or 3 flower heads from mine, it usually gets wind damaged before it gets to flower proper!

30 Jul, 2013


Jane, I have never had problems getting this to produce flower heads. I've had it 3 years and each year it's had in excess of 15 buds. Lack of sun stopped it flowering properly previously, this year I'm hoping things will be different!
Sarah - wind usually does this one in too! They are big thirsty plants - do you give it enough water and does it get enough sun?
I don't know what advice to give both of you as I do nothing special with it!
I cut mine back each winter (before frosts) to around 6 inches and protect the crown with straw. I have never fed it with anything.
One thing I do, but don't know if it helps make the plant bigger, is remove the lower leaves as it's growing. They get too big they just flop over anyway, I cut them as close to the base as I can get.

31 Jul, 2013

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