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Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
3m
Max height
3m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Elettaria cardamomum

Other names

Cardamom

Genus

Elettaria Elettaria

Species

E. cardamomum - E. cardamomum is a tender, rhizomatous, evergreen perennial with upright shoots bearing linear, to lance-shaped, pointed, dark green leaves. In summer, loose panicles of white or pale yellow flowers with violet veins and pink or yellow margins are followed by aromatic green capsules containing aromatic reddish-brown seeds.


Elettaria cardamomum is: Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect

Flower

White, Veined, Pale-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Thrips Thrips

Mosaic virus Mosaic virus

General care

Pruning

Pot on in spring and remove flowered stems.

Propagation

Seed does not store well so sow as soon as ripe at 19-24C.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom) will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 3m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Conservatory, Containers, Drying, Flavouring food and drinks, Greenhouse, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in fertile, loam-based compost with added leaf mould or bark in bright, filtered light & high humidity. In growth, water freely & feed monthly; sparingly in winter. Outdoors, grow in moist, fertile soil in full sun with midday shade.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Elettaria cardamomum

Other names

Cardamom

Genus

Elettaria Elettaria

Species

E. cardamomum - E. cardamomum is a tender, rhizomatous, evergreen perennial with upright shoots bearing linear, to lance-shaped, pointed, dark green leaves. In summer, loose panicles of white or pale yellow flowers with violet veins and pink or yellow margins are followed by aromatic green capsules containing aromatic reddish-brown seeds.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Erect


Colour

Flower

White, Veined, Pale-yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Thrips

Specific diseases

Mosaic virus

General care

Pruning

Pot on in spring and remove flowered stems.

Propagation

Seed does not store well so sow as soon as ripe at 19-24C.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Elettaria cardamomum (Cardamom) will reach a height of 3m and a spread of 3m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Conservatory, Containers, Drying, Flavouring food and drinks, Greenhouse, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in fertile, loam-based compost with added leaf mould or bark in bright, filtered light & high humidity. In growth, water freely & feed monthly; sparingly in winter. Outdoors, grow in moist, fertile soil in full sun with midday shade.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 12, Zone 11, Zone 10

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