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Artichokes
May 14, 2009, 12:23 pm
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Artichoke sprouts

I have some artichoke plants growing in a 15 inch planter. two have sprouted so far, as pictured above. They are a little hard to make out, because they are pretty small right now, but i had to post a pic because I couldn’t be prouder of the little guys! I doubt the container can handle more than that, but i planted about 8 seeds, to ensure at least 1 or 2 sprouts. They take 2-3 weeks to germinate, so I am expecting at least a few more sprouts(gifts, perhaps!).

While seedlings are way easier, there is nothing more rewarding than those first new sprouts when you plant from seed.

I think this is going to be a really neat plant to grow, and i am looking forward to it. This is a common globe artichoke, which is a perennial (most artichokes are). They can sometimes take a full season before they start producing, and definitely there is supposed to be significantly better production in the second year. I did find Imperial Star seeds at www.westcoastseeds.com Which are supposed to produce within 90 days, and look quite pretty. But i decided to try the more traditional ones for now.

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I’m hoping these are going to be epic. Ours is almost too big to fit on the roof.

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