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Artichoke 'Imperial Star'

Cynara cardunculus | Cynara scolymus, Cardoon

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This product is produced and supplied in association with Thompson & Morgan

Large flower heads have a lovely flavour

Reliable cropper, also a good ornamental feature for borders

Perfect for steaming, the hearts can be pickled

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Not only an impressive cropper but also an ornamental feature, you can grow tall and upright Artichoke ‘Imperial Star’ in rows on the allotments or as a dual purpose feature at the back of a sunny border. The flower buds are large and flavoursome, held above tall study stems during summer. Simply pick them when ripe and enjoy the petals steamed with a dressing or melted garlic butter - the heart of the flower head (artichoke hearts) can be pickled and preserved for later use in salads and on pizza. These reliable perennial plants will produce a good crop every summer for up to four years. Height: 1.8m (6’). Spread: 75cm (30”).


1 packet (12 artichoke seeds) (KA2665)

Grow globe artichoke plants in rich fertile, well drained soil in full sun with protection from strong winds. Direct sow globe artichoke seed outdoors from March to April when the soil has warmed up. Sow into a well prepared seedbed, with 2-3 seeds per station in drills 30cm (12”) apart. When large enough to handle, thin out seedlings. The thinnings can be transplanted. Globe artichoke seed sown outdoors will usually flower the year after sowing.
Cover young globe artichoke plants with fleece when required to protect them from frosts. When growing globe artichokes, provide a thick mulch of organic matter around the base of the plants to help conserve moisture and reduce weed growth. Throughout summer, water globe artichokes regularly, particularly during dry periods. Harvest globe artichokes from July, before the scales open, while the buds are plump. Globe artichokes will produce good crops for several seasons but are best replaced after 3 years to maintain vigour and crop yields.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £4.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

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