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How to Grow Cynara


Position – Full sun

Soil – Well-drained

Flowering Period – Juen to august

Hardiness –  Fully hardy

About Cynara

Cynara are strong and majestic thistle-like plants that are held above clumps of deeply cut silver-grey foliage. The seed heads which appear on this plant provide you with a fantastic ornamental feature for winter interest and are a popular choice in flower arrangements. The root and leaf stalk are supposedly edible and is believed to taste like asparagus. They look fantastic in flower beds and borders as part of an architectural or informal garden. You should expect to see Cynara grow to an approximate height of 1.5m (5’) and a spread of 90cm (36”). These plants are native to the Mediterranean.

How to plant Cynara

Cynara are best planted in well-drained soil of loam, chalk and sand within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. When planting Cynara, please take note that they do not like exposure to high winds and adverse weather conditions. Place in an area of your garden that is sheltered and protected from these environments with access to full sunlight.

How to care for Cynara

When first planted, ensure that the soil is watered thoroughly, especially during periods of drought. As with most plants, water Cynara when deemed necessary without the temptation to overwater. In cold winters and in periods of extreme cold weather, apply a layer of dry mulch to ensure that the plants retain consistent temperatures and moisture in the soil. Deadhead as necessary to prolong the flowering period.

How to propagate Cynara

It is possible to propagate Cynara by seed sown in a cold frame, by division during the spring or by root cuttings in the winter.

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