Seeds - Artichoke, Tavor OG (HM)
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Description: Artichokes used to be a crop that cold-climates gardeners only dreamt about, until Tavor was developed. Its short vernalization period means that it can be grown as an annual from seed in one season! Purple-tipped, sweet and tender 4 1/2” chokes are borne on 3 - 4’ tall, spineless plants. Expect yields of 4 - 6 chokes per plant.
Pack Size: 10 seeds
Latin Name: Cynara scolymus
Main Uses: Culinary
Days to Maturity: 90 days to maturity
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 90 - 120 cm (36 - 48")
Flower Color: The choke is the flower-bud. If you leave the 'ripe' artichoke, a purple thistle-like flower will develop.
Flowering Time: Late summer
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 14 days at 21° C.
Sowing: Artichokes must be started indoors in cool climates if they are to be productive. The best time to start is February through mid-March - the earlier the better. Sow into large plug cells or 2" - 4" biodegradable pots that can be planted directly into the garden. Use a rich potting mix; at SGH we add up to 25% Sea Soil compost to our peat-based seeding mix to add extra built-in organic nutrients. Fertilize right from first watering with a kelp-based fertilizer such as Sea Magic™.
Planting depth: Surface. Lightly press into the planting medium.
Planting out: Plant in well-drained fertile soil (in the garden or large container) once seedlings are established and all risk of frost has passed.
Growing in Containers: The serrated leaves make for a beautiful display in (large) mixed planters.
Garden Companions: Companion Plants: Sunflowers are considered good companions for Artichokes.
Special Requirements for Cold Climate Gardeners: Artichokes must be started indoors, early, to be productive in cool climates.
Pest/Disease Issues: Artichoke can attract a number of insects including aphids, snails and slugs. Leaf spot disease may be a problem; when watering, avoid getting water on the leaves.
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.