Artichoke Green Globe Seeds (Cynara scolymus), Good size dark green heads, tasty heart make a supreme vegetable delicacy when picked young for culinary use.
February to March Indoors or March to April Outdoors
Indoors using seed sowing compost in pots or trays in greenhouse at 18°C. Outside in free draining soil in mid spring when the soil has warmed up. They will need an open spot with plenty of sun and well drained soil.
Sow artichoke seeds 2 to 3 seeds 30cm (12″) apart, then thin out so the final spacing is 1 metre (39″) apart.
Artichokes are an attractive thistle like plant, which look at home in the flower border as well as a vegetable plot, growing to 150-200cm (59-79″) tall.
When seedlings are large enough to handle, prick off into small pots. Harden off and grow on. Plant out 1m (39″) apart the following spring. Add plenty of well-rotted manure to the planting site and add horticultural grit to clay soil to improve drainage. Rake in some general fertilizer before planting.
June to September the following year, with the flower buds harvested before they flower.
Rich in Potassium , magnesium & Vitamin C