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Artichoke, globe (Cynara scolymus)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

Although this architectural, thistle-like perennial can be grown from seed it is usually grown from offsets or rooted suckers. It is grown for its closed flower-buds whose scaly leaves and hearts are boiled or steamed and eaten with your fingers, dripping with melted butter or vinaigrette - globe artichokes turn a starter into a sensuous event. Flower buds become inedible if allowed to open.

Likes and dislikes
Soil
Stonyok
Lightok
Loamyprefer
Heavyok
pH6.5 - 7.0
Manure
Previous cropok
Previous autumnok
Before plantingprefer
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadedislike
Shadedislike
Exposure
Opendislike
Shelteredprefer

Seed

sow outdoors sow outdoors

Between plants: 23cm
Between rows: 30cm

Sow at a depth of 2.5cm


plant plant

Between plants: 90cm
Between rows: 90cm

Plant with the crown just above soil level and keep well watered and mulched in the first season.


harvest harvest

Cut off any heads as soon as they form in the first summer after planting. In the following year, heads should be removed just before the scales open, leaving 5-7.5cm of stem attached. Remove the topmost head first and feed to encourage a second flush of smaller heads.


Offsets

plant plant

Between plants: 90cm
Between rows: 90cm

Plants offsets with the crown just above soil level and keep well watered and mulched in the first season.


harvest harvest

Cut off any heads as soon as they form in the first summer after planting. In the following year, heads should be removed just before the scales open, leaving 5-7.5cm of stem attached. Remove the topmost head first and feed to encourage a second flush.


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Protect crowns over winter (administrator - 06:40 19/01/2012) Report inappropriate tip
Protect the crowns and roots from frost with a thick layer of dry mulch - straw or bark chippings work well. This is more important with young plants and the further North you go.
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