Imperial Star, Artichoke Seeds

Artichokes

Imperial Star, Artichoke Seeds

Artichokes

The Imperial Star is a green growing artichoke that is perfect for annual harvest! Imperial Star will produce well-developed artichokes the first year from seed. Plants become 1 1/2-3' tall and have an open growth habit. Each typically produces 1-2 primary buds, which average 3-4" in diameter, and 5-7 smaller secondary buds.
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Product Details

Plant Height

36-60" inches

Botanical Name

Cynara scolymus

Seed Type

Seed

Additional Characteristics

High Yielding Vegetables

Seeds Per Gram

22

Seeds Per Pound

9856

Row Spacing

4-6'

Packet

10 seeds

Sow Depth

1/4"

Seeds Per Ounce

616

Fruit Color

Green

Breed

Open-pollinated

Sun

Full

Cubic Inches

1.4625

Life Cycle

Annual

Sow Method

Transplant

Plant Spacing

24"

Categories

Artichoke

Zones

3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Germination

5,6,7,8,9,10

Days To Maturity (# Days)

95

Weight

0.006

Depth

0.1

Height

4.5

Width

3.25

Growing Instructions

Learning Download: How to Grow Artichokes

Seeing the large globe of an artichoke and imagining growing the edible beast in a garden may seem intimidating, but artichokes can be an easy and striking addition with the ability to grow almost anywhere in the United States. Depending on climate, some artichoke plants may return as perennials.

Before Planting: Artichokes require very fertile, well-drained soils with a pH of 6.5–8.0.

Planting: Artichoke seeds can be started in February in a greenhouse or under a fluorescent light, planted about 1/4-inch deep in 4-inch containers. Transport seedlings to the garden 8 to 10 weeks later, but be sure the danger of frost has passed. By then, the transplant should be nearing 10 inches in height. Plant the seedlings four feet or more apart as the plants grow large. Where winter low is above 15°F, sow seeds in fall, harvest in spring.

Watering: Artichokes need watering once a week, but can vary. If soil is heavy and holds moisture well, water less often. For warmer regions, water more frequently, but do not allow artichokes to stand in water.

Fertilizer: Artichokes require nutrient-rich soil, so be sure to fertilize with fish emulsion.

Days to Maturity: Harvest buds measuring at least three inches across while the bud is still closed. The more a bud opens, it becomes bitter, and fully open buds are inedible. (85-100 days)

Harvesting: Clip mature buds midsummer to mid-fall, depending on location.

Tips: To induce early budding time, transplant so plants receive 10 days of 45–50°F temperatures. Protect from frost at night.

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