Artichoke Green & Purple Seeds

Artichoke Green & Purple Seeds

Cynara scolymus

Item #0193

150-240 days. Grow artichokes anywhere, even in northern gardens. Green Globe Improved is a short season variety and Purple of Romagna is a coveted Italian heirloom. Provide plenty of room and fertile soil and you’ll be rewarded with 3 to 5 fresh, delicious artichokes per plant. Perennial in USDA zones 8 and warmer. In cold climates, grow as an annual.

This packet sows up to 19 Ft..

Days to Emerge:
14 days

Seed Depth:
1/8”-1/4"

Seed Spacing:
A group of
3 seeds
every 4’

Row Spacing:
8’

Thinning:
Thin to 1 every 4'


When to sow outside: Cold Climates: Not recommended. Mild Climates: Sow in fall for harvest the following spring.

When to start inside: RECOMMENDED. Cold Climates: Sow in 4" pots 12 weeks before your average last spring frost date. Transplant outside 4 weeks before average last frost. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–80°F. Protect from frost.
Mild Climates: Sow in 4" pots in early fall. Transplant outdoors 6 weeks before average first frost. Sow in biodegradable pots to avoid tap root disturbance.

Special germination instructions: Artichokes require vernalization (a cold treatment) to produce buds. See inside packet for more information.

Harvesting: For eating, harvest buds when they are still closed, just before they begin to open. (Opened heads are tough.) Cut the central bud first by cutting the stem with a sharp knife 2" below the bud. After harvesting, side shoots will produce smaller harvestable buds (a unique delicacy!).
Artichokes are best eaten fresh, immediately after harvest as flavor declines from the moment they are cut.

Artist: Marjorie Leggitt



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