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Elettaria cardamomum

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Highly valued spice
  • AKA Queen of Spices
  • Flowers form at base of plant
  • Very pleasant aroma & taste
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HEIGHT:

7-9 Feet

EXPOSURE:

· Full Sun
· Partial Sun
· Partial Shade

ZONE:

9b-11

PURPOSE:

· Spice
· Aesthetics/Decor
· Attracts Butterflies

APPLICATIONS:

· Specimen
· Shade Garden
· Edible Garden

FEATURES:

· Fragrant Foliage

EXPOSURE:

· Full Sun
· Partial Shade
· Partial Sun

SOIL MOISTURE:

· Moist, Well-Drained
· Average Water

HABIT:

· Upright

BLOOMS:

· Summer
· Spring

FLOWER COLOR:

· White

FRUITING SEASON:

· Fall

True Cardamom is harvested from the dried fruit of the Elettaria cardamomum plant. The cardamom plant begins flowering at 2-3 years of age from the base of the plant. The white flowers appear in spring and summer. Flowering to harvest period is approximately 120 days. The spice is has a very pleasant aroma and flavor, and is commonly referred to as the Queen of Spices. Cardamom spice is used to flavor many foods and drinks.

NOTE: Many plants being sold as cardamom are not true cardamom. Be sure you are buying Elettaria cardamomum, which is True Cardamom. Alpinia nutans among others are sold as cardamom, and they are a false cardamom. True Cardamom will have flowers that form at the base of the plant.

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PURPOSE:

· Spice
· Aesthetics/Decor
· Attracts Butterflies

APPLICATIONS:

· Specimen
· Shade Garden
· Edible Garden

FEATURES:

· Fragrant Foliage

EXPOSURE:

· Full Sun
· Partial Shade
· Partial Sun

SOIL MOISTURE:

· Moist, Well-Drained
· Average Water

HABIT:

· Upright

BLOOMS:

· Summer
· Spring

FLOWER COLOR:

· White

FRUITING SEASON:

· Fall

GROWING INFO:
4" Crop Time: 8-10 weeks
6" Crop Time: 12-16 weeks
8" Crop Time: 16-20 weeks
12" Crop Time: 18-24 weeks
pH: 5.8 - 6.2
EC: 1.5 - 2.5


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