Artichoke 'Green Globe Improved' Seed Pack

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Artichokes are one of those veggies that may seem like an extravagance if bought in the store, so if you have the room, grow your own. Green Globe Improved does well in the Pacific NW and many gardeners appreciate them as much for the beautiful silvery blue leaves as they do the artichokes themselves. Artichokes ride out the winter, often never fully dying back, and when the weather starts to warm, artichokes come to life as well. Green Globe Improved will grow easily to five feet tall, spreading to just as wide, producing 'chokes with very few spines. 

Botanical Name: Cynara scolymus
Mature Size: 5' tall, 4'–8' wide
Light: Sun to partial sun
Cold Hardiness: Frost tolerant perennial down to 0 ° F
When to Sow Outside: Cold Climates: not recommended.
When to Start Inside: Sow in 4" biodegradable pots 12 weeks before your average last spring frost date. Transplant outside 4 weeks before your average last frost date.
Special Germination Instructions: Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–80°F. Protect seedlings from frost.
Days to Emerge: 14 days
Seed Depth: 1/8" - 1/4"
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 4 feet
Row Spacing: 6 feet
Thinning: Thin to 1 every 4 feet
Maturity Date: 150–180 days
When to Harvest: For eating, harvest buds when they are still tightly closed, just before they begin to open. Cut the central bud first by cutting the stem with a sharp knife 2" below the bud.
Additional Info: After harvesting central bud, side shoots will produce smaller harvestable buds.
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