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Artichoke Cynara cardunculus

How to sow artichoke: Direct seed indoors. In warmer zones, propagate "pups."

Sun requirement for artichoke: Plant in Full Sun

Artichoke has been planted 15 times by Growstuff members.

The globe artichoke is a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food. The budding artichoke flower-head is the edible part of the plant. It is a cluster of many budding small flowers (known as an "inflorescence") and bracts on an edible base. Once the buds bloom the head becomes coarse and barely edible. Artichokes are perennials in Zone 7 and warmer. They normally produce edible flower-heads during their second year, but recent cultivars such as 'Imperial Star' have been bred to produce in the first year. Other cultivars, such as 'Northern Star', have been bred to overwinter in more northern climates. There are green and purple varieties of artichoke. They are often steamed, sautéed or braised, but can also be eaten raw.

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Predictions

Perennial

living more than two years

First harvest expected

28 weeks after planting

Height

90cm

Spread

120cm

Row Spacing

90cm
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Photos

Artichoke crops

Artichoke plantings

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Asparagus bed
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Artichoke harvests

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Crop Map

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