GERM 10-18 DAYS
This artichoke was bred as an annual even in our northern climate. To force artichokes as an annual, germinate at warm temperatures and keep them warm until they produce their second set of leaves. Then move them to a cool place (above freezing) until set out in May. This tricks them into thinking they have gone through a winter and they will produce like a 2 year old plant. The flavor of fresh artichokes is superior to anything you will find in the store. 12 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.