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Imperial Star Artichoke (90 days)

 

Typically artichokes are perennials in zone 7 and above but his variety was bred specially for northern climates to produce well developed buds in the first season. A vernalization is required in the north for first year buds set the seedlings out  for 10 days at temperatures of 45-50 degrees.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.  Sow seeds in the fall if you live above a zone 7 area.       12 seeds

 

 

 

 

PLANTING:

Germination- 10-18 days

Indoors - 8-12 weeks before last frost 1/4” deep in 4” pots with soil temperatures 65-75 degrees. Before transplanting outside, a vernalization is required for growing in the north (zone 6 and below) to induce first year bud formation. Set the seedlings out for 10 days at temperatures of 45-50 degrees. Sow seeds in the fall if you live in zone 7 and above. Transplant at 3-4 feet apart ,after danger of frost has passed, 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.

 

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