Artichoke Imperial Star
Artichoke Imperial Star. 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”).
March – April
July – September
How to sow
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.
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