Imperial Star PVP, Artichoke Seeds

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Sun: Full Sun
Packet: 10 Seeds
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Days To Maturity (# Days): 85-100
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Botanical Name: Cynara scolymus

Imperial Star PVP, Artichoke Seeds

The Imperial Star Globe Artichoke, scientifically known as Cynara scolymus 'Imperial Star,' is a remarkable and highly sought-after variety of artichoke. Originating in Italy, this artichoke has a rich history dating back centuries. It is believed to have been cultivated by the ancient Romans and Greeks for its culinary and medicinal properties. The Imperial Star Globe Artichoke is a testament to the enduring popularity of this unique vegetable.

In terms of taste, the Imperial Star Globe Artichoke is renowned for its tender and flavorful heart, which is the edible part of the plant. Its taste is often described as nutty and slightly sweet, with a mild, earthy undertone. This makes it a favorite in gourmet dishes and appetizers, as well as a popular addition to salads and dips.

The Imperial Star Globe Artichoke is a type of globe artichoke, characterized by its large, round, and spiky green flower heads. These artichokes can reach a size of 4-6 inches in diameter, making them an impressive addition to any garden or dinner table. They typically take around 85-100 days to reach maturity from seed, although this can vary depending on growing conditions. Each plant produces multiple flower heads, and they are known to be prolific producers. Seeds from the Imperial Star Globe Artichoke are readily available, and they thrive in well-drained soil with plenty of sunlight, making them a popular choice for home gardeners and culinary enthusiasts alike.

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Key Attributes

Sun: Full Sun
Packet: 10 Seeds
Days To Maturity (# Days)
Days To Maturity (# Days): 85-100
Botanical Name
Botanical Name: Cynara scolymus

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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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