Green Globe Artichoke
Close-up of artichiokes.

Green Globe Artichoke

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Attractive, ornamental perennial with edible flower buds.

Green Globe Artichoke
Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus

First Harvest Spring 2001'Green Globe' artichokes have been cultivated since at least the 1500s. Thomas Jefferson grew them in his gardens and documented them off and on from 1770 until 1825. Artichokes are an interesting and attractive ornamental perennial with huge, edible flower buds. It can be grown as an annual if you sow the seeds indoors in mid to late winter and set out after all danger of frost has passed.

An excellent delicacy when boiled or steamed until tender, served hot, and the inner petal tips and the hearts are dipped in melted lemon-butter (some of my family likes to dip them in mayonnaise).

The exact origin of artichokes is unknown but they are presumed to have originated in North Africa where they still grow wild. Artichokes have been part of Mediterranean cuisines (Roman, Greek, etc.) since ancient times. Even today they remain an important winter vegetable there. Although they are a perennial, the plants will require winter protection if you live in a zone that experiences severe freezing. Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 15 to 20 seeds. Hardy in USDA zones 8 to 10.

Nothing Produced
The plant germinated fine and had no problem with pests, except aphids, but it only grew to a height of two feet, and I never got any artichokes from it.

VSC NOTES: Keep in mind that artichokes are a perennial and depending on the time of year they are sown, soil fertility, weather conditions, the climate in the garden area, etc., they commonly take two years before producing flowers. From your brief description, it sounds like they simply ran out of growing season before going dormant. As long as they are protected from freezing conditions over winter, they will come back every year, getting bigger and better. They are a little more of a time investment than growing annual garden vegetables, but to me they are well worth it. ~Mike
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Pomona,CA. on 3/3/2015
Germination was good and plants are doing well.
Germination was good and plants are doing well, some aphids but not to bad. Hopefully we will see some flowers next year if the winter doesn't kill them. So far so good will update in the spring.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Kentucky . on 9/30/2015
Green Globe Artichoke
Fabulous germination rate, seedlings grew splendidly. Already transplanted and are very hardy, no shock.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from North Carolina. on 2/10/2019
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