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Imperial Star Artichoke

Imperial Star Artichoke

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1.5 (2 reviews)
The best artichoke for home gardeners in short season areas. Bred specifically to be grown as an annual from seed assuring a harvest of artichokes just 3 months after transplanting, even in cold climates. Plants grow 3 to 4 feet tall and typically yield 6 to 8 plump and delicious 4 inch rounded bulbs with a unique, sweetly mild, nutty taste that is excellent for fresh-eating, steaming and even canning. Perennial in Zones 7 and above.
25 - seeds per packet
1 FOR $3.95
3 FOR $10.95

Product Details

: 7 to 10
: 50
: Spring
: Well-drained
: 6-6-6
: 3 - Normal
:  to 
: Stem, heart, inner leaves

Physical Details

Height: 36 to 48
: Green
: Green
: 7 to 21
: 90 to 100
: 36
: Yes
: Determinate
: OpenPollinated

Scientific Details

: Cynara
: cardunculus
: Colymus Group
: Imperial Star
Product Reviews
1.5 (2 reviews)
  • By Jerrad B
    From NY
    I had very poor luck getting this seed to start. The packet said it was double filled due to a poor germination rate, but my rate was even lower than that. Closer to 20 percent. Beyond that I don't know how well they would have faired since the seedlings that started quickly died. Seed starts were done on a heated mat in starting mix indoors with proper lighting. I feel this seed wasn't up to Jungs usually high standards.
    * Admin Notes added 6/1/2015 3:14:39 PM:
    Artichoke seed can be somewhat challenging to germinate successfully and seedlings are somewhat slow growing. Soaking seed overnight in lukewarm water or putting it in a plastic zippered bag with slightly moist peat moss and storing it in a refrigerator for 2 weeks before sowing can help to improve germination.
    Germination temperature recommendations for artichoke ranges from 60 to 80 degrees F. It can be helpful to provide cooler night temperatures when germinating artichoke seed. One way to do this is to put trays on a heat mat set for 70 to 75 degrees F and have the heat mat on a timer that automatically turns off at night. This will provide a cooler night temperature. Germination can be slow and typically takes 2 to 3 weeks. Note that when grown artichokes as an annual in cold climates, artichoke seedlings need a "vernalization" treatment of 2 weeks at 35 to 50 degrees F to induce budding.
    Our Customer Service Department will be issuing you either a credit or replacement for your seed that did not germinate.
  • By carol b
    From Russell, PA

    Fizzle, but my fault. Will try again