This page gives instructions on how to buy artichoke seeds from David's Garden Seeds.
Early-maturing, purple annual. Colorado Star was specifically bred for
annual production from seed. Very early maturing compared to other
purple varieties as well as green varieties. The 1-3' tall plants vary
from upright to prostrate, but all produce high yields of purple to
green-purple buds. Typically 1-3 primary buds are produced that are 2
1/2-3 1/2" in diameter followed by 5-7 secondary buds ranging from 1
1/2-2 1/2" diameter. Developed by Keith Mayberry - the same breeder of
Imperial Star. Perennial in Zone 7 and warmer, otherwise treat as an
annual. Note: Amount of purpling may vary from plant to plant - some
buds will be all purple, while others only show purple-tinged bracts. Ready to harvest in about 86 days.
Colorado Star 25 Open Pollinated Seeds
The Green Globe Artichoke is the king of the artichokes - it's the one you're most likely to find in your local supermarket or at your favorite restaurant. In addition to its delicious taste, the foliage of the Green Globe Artichoke is very attractive, and provides a welcomed aesthetic addition to the garden even after harvest. Ready to harvest in 80 days.
Green Globe 50 Heirloom Seeds
This is the easiest artichoke variety to grow from seed. Specifically bred for annual production, Imperial Star produces artichokes the first season from seed. A plant typically has six to eight mature buds, averaging from three to four inches in diameter per plant. The spreading plants will grow three to four feet tall. Perennial to Zone Seven; otherwise, treat as an annual. Ready to harvest in 85 days.
Imperial Star 25 Organic Seeds
As ornamental as it is delicious, the purple-headed fruits of this Italian variety are more tender than green artichokes. The plants are tolerant to both heat and cooler temperatures. Baby chokes may be steamed whole, although larger ones should be separated before cooking. As with other purple veggies, the color fades upon cooking. Ready to harvest in 148 days.
Purple Italian Globe 25 Heirloom Seeds
Plant Violet de Provence Artichoke Seeds. This is an impressive plant with large, deeply cut leaves and beautiful thistle-like purple flower heads. This French Heirloom produces deep purple flower buds that if left to flower, create a stunning display in the garden. Ready to harvest in 85 days.
Violet de Provence Artichoke 50 Heirloom Seeds
You should always start with a freshly tilled and fertilized space in your garden. Artichokes need full sun, but if you live in a climate where it is very hot, over 80 degrees Fahrenheit, provide light shade for them. Yes, Texas, this means you.
If you live in the north where there is snow and ice, you will need to put new plants in every year. In the south, your plants should last for four or five seasons so this is a great investment for you!
Start by growing artichokes indoors, eight to twelve weeks prior to the last spring frost. In order to plant your seeds inside, you will need some seed starter flats to plant the seeds in. You will also need a heating mat and a growing light so the seeds germinate in your home. My husband starts seeds inside all through the year so we have plenty of heating mats and growing lights in use.
Once the seedlings have grown, they need to be exposed to cooler temperatures for at least a week before you plant them in the ground in order for them to grow chokes. Cool means around 50 degrees F. So put them outside, on your deck or patio and keep an eye on them. If the temperature goes much lower, bring them back inside. It is ideal to keep them out in the cool air for 10 days before planting them in your garden.
About two weeks after the last frost, once your plants have been exposed to the cool air for a week to 10 days, they are ready to go in the ground. Allow two to three feet between each artichoke plant to give them room to grow.
Water them well and don't forget to provide light shade if you are in miserably hot conditions.
Growing artichokes takes from 110 to 150 days from the time you first planted the seeds. The part you of the plant you eat are the flower buds, while they are still green, before they open. Cut the buds with two to three inches of stem on them.
Each green "scale" has a small piece of edible "fruit" for you to enjoy. Steam them and enjoy in pasta dishes and salads.
They will produce more buds for you to eat each season. At the end of the growing season, cut the plant to the ground and it will grow back in the spring, unless you live in a cold climate. There, you can dig it up, plant in a pot and put indoors through the winter or just plant new artichokes in the spring.
Imperial Star artichokes are a great variety to begin with. They are the easiest to grow.
See our page in germination tips for more helpful tips.
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