Green Globe Artichoke
Available as early as 1825 from seedsmen such as Sinclair & Moore of Baltimore, MD. This hardy variety of artichoke is productive even in climates as cool as zone 3.
- 75 days from transplant
- Perennial in zones 7+
- Plants grow to 3-5 feet
- 3-5 flower buds per plant in the first year
- A beautiful flower with purple-tinged edible buds
This variety works for:
When cooking your artichokes, add some salt and lemon juice or vinegar to the water to prevent browning. Serve the cooked artichokes whole with sauces like hollandaise, butter, or aioli for dipping. To eat the leaves, remove them one at a time and dip the fleshy base in a sauce of your choosing (discard the upper part of the leaf).
Artichokes are prized for their "hearts" - the tender leaves found a the center of the unopened flower bud. They are delicious on pizza with olives, mushrooms, and prosciutto. Try combining them with potatoes, carrots, onion, and lamb or spinach and soft cheeses.
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Plant outdoors after danger of frost has passed but the days are still cool. Fertilize liberally for best results. An annual in zones 3-6 (vernalization recommended) or perennial in zones 7+.
- Start Indoors: 8-12 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 10-20 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 36" Apart
- Light: Full Sun
Ratings & Reviews
I live in Hardiness zone 4b at an elevation of 7000 ft so the nights get cold sometimes. I planted this after the last frost on June 5th. They all grew (and it was fun seeing them grow) but they did not produce any artichokes for me. For someone living in a hot climate they might do awesome idk. I just though I would rate this so anyone is my zone type would know.
Beautiful leaves but no flowers
by Ashley Schubert
We live in zone 5 and like the other reviewer, I tried my best two seasons in a row to get these to produce. The first season I had them outside and it gets quite cool even after first frost, but they never flowered. Second season I heavily fertilized with fresh compost and put in the greenhouse. The plants and leaves got HUGE but still no flowers. I was pretty disappointed to have 12 healthy plants and no edible globes two years in a row. I won’t be purchasing again and would save your money if you are in zone 5 or lower.
Growing great…acclimate seedlings to winter weather
by Doreen, Northeast Ohio
I didn’t verbalize the seeds since I hadn’t read the packet, but I read to harden off the seedlings during late winter. I gradually had them outside and then outside full-time. When it was below 32 degrees, I put them in a container with a towel next to our house on our front porch (roof, not enclosed). There were a couple times I thought I killed them when they froze including the peat pots/soil. They thawed out & grew slowly. It’s July 18 and both artichoke plants have 3 artichokes on them. I think I’m going to harvest one or two and let the others flower.