Popular variety that produces a high yield of large heads with thick fleshy scales on relatively compact plants.
The thistle-like blue heads also look attractive in the flower garden.
The hardiest artichoke variety, to zone 6. Likes sun but not excessive heat, so give afternoon shade in hot-summer areas.
Days to maturity: 120 days
As this plant is both ornamental and edible, so it may belong in the veggie garden or the landscape. Artichoke is thistle like and therefore is perfect in the Mediterranean style landscape. Unique foliage makes it visually interesting in the foliage color based landscape. An exceptional container plant for porch or patio with exceptional architectural value. Add to modern landscapes for this reason. It is often found in the traditional herb garden, parterre and potager.
To get artichokes the first year, start indoors in a warm place, then harden off and transplant outside while weather is still cold, so the plant thinks it's been through the winter. Or plant out after frost and get chokes the 2nd year.
Artichokes like good soil and good drainage.
Give the crown protection from cold and wet, planting on a slight mound and working in compost and some sand or gravel near the surface.
Genus - Cynara
Species - Scolymus
Common name - Artichoke Green Globe
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Plant type - Perennial vegetable
Hardiness zones - 6 - 9
Exposure - Full sun, part shade
Height - 4-6' / 1,20 - 1,80 m
Spread - 3'3" / 1 m
Growth rate - Fast
Bloom season - Rugpjūtis - rugsėjis
Leaf / Flower color - Gray-green / Purple
Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline, saline soils
Soil type - Sandy, loamy, clay, prefers well-drained
Water requirements - Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat
Landscape uses - Edible vegetable, decorative in flower gardens. Flowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
1. Soak for a 12 hours and sow from February to March in trays of moist compost.
2. Sow thinly and cover with a fine layer of compost. Cover with glass, polythene or propagator lid.
3. Keep at +15-+20C. Seedlings appear in 14-28 days.
4. Remove cover when seedlings appear. When large enough transplant to individual pots. Stand outside for a few days late in May (avoid frosts). Transplant 90 cm apart in final position in June.
Harvest from July to October the following year.
1. Sow from March to April in a prepared seed bed.
2. Sow thinly in rows 30 cm apart. Cover lightly with fine soil.Keep moist.
3. When large enough thin to 30 cm apart. Plant out 90 cm apart in final position in September to October.
Harvest from July to October the following year and for a further 4-5 years.
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