GERM 10-18 DAYS
Heirloom - 1863
For a century and a half this choke has been the standard variety in the west. It produces an abundance of “chokes” over a number of years given the right environmental factors. Plants are dark green, of medium height, and buds are an elongated oval with somewhat spiny scales. 25 seeds.
Indoors - 8 weeks before last frost 1/4” deep in 4” pots with soil temperatures 65-75 degrees. Before transplanting place outside for 10-12 days with temperature of 50 degrees (protected from frost) to induce early flowering. Transplant at 3-4 feet apart after danger of frost has past into rows amended with lots of compost or aged manure
Harvest - just below the bud when they are firm and still closed
Tips - Artichokes are heavy feeders so fertilize well from the early stages of growth.