A perennial vegetable with large edible flower heads. Its ferny thistle-like foliage is also useful in the landscape. The standard green-headed variety, reaching up to 170cm in height. Attractive large blue thistle-like flower heads if allowed to flower. Steamed artichokes are great for dipping in butter or sauces. Under ideal conditions artichokes can be harvested the second season. Consistent quality globe-shaped heads. Height: 120-180cm (4-6ft).
Sow seeds outdoors in free draining soil in mid spring when the soil has warmed up. Sow 2-3 seeds in stations 30cm (12in) apart. Seed sown outdoors usually flowers the year after sowing.
When to Sow
Sowing can start as early as late February under cloche and run through to August. Maincrop varieties that are sown in July and August
Thin out so that there is one good plant every 6cm (4in). The thinnings can be transplanted. After harvesting the main head, secondary heads will appear and these too can be used. In cold areas, cover the plant with a mulch of straw, compost or bracken to protect it through the winter.
VE 217 (1g)
Handpicked seeds ?
Organic Seeds ?
Pretreatment of sowing ?
Soak in water before sowing 12-24 h
Sowing depth ?
Sowing depth 5 mm
Perennial plant : Yes
Resistant to cold and frost ?
Resistant to cold and frost
Plant is suitable for growing ?
The plant is suitable for growing in a greenhouse
The plant is suitable for outdoors cultivation