Beautiful plants for the garden border, this silver grey artichoke has tasty, oval shaped green and violet flower buds. Spineless, elegant plants produce plenty of artichokes, which are tender and delicious when young. Perfect for a potager, flower garden or vegetable patch.
Indoors: Feb- May
Outdoors: April- June
Sowing indoors: Almost fill a seed tray with moist seed compost. Sow seeds thinly over the surface, and lightly cover them with a little more compost place in the warmth 10-15 Deg C (50-60 Deg F) and keep moist. When large enough to handle, transplant seedlings individually to 8cm (3in) pots of potting compost, Gradually accustom them to conditions outside for 2-3 weeks before planting out to their cropping positions 90cm (36in ) apart from late spring onwards.
Sowing Outdoors: Sow seeds thinly in a shallow, short, pre watered row. Lightly cover them with a little soil. Keep soil moist until seedlings are established, then thin to 2cm (1in) apart.
Transplanting: When the seedling are growing strongly, transplant them to their copping positions from mid to late summer, allowing 90cm (36in) each way between plants.
Special note: Do not allow flower heads to form during the first year. Remove these as soon as noticed.
Harvest: June –August, pick the heads and use the scales while they are still young and fleshy.
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