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Green Globe

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Green Globe is a hybrid artichoke with 120 days to maturity.  The plant could grow up to 1.2 meter tall. The globe shape buds are covered with fleshy flowers. Each plant can produces 3 to 4 green artichoke per harvest.  The fruit size is between 6 to 9 cm in diameter. The hearts are thick and tasty. Cut the fruit in summer before the flowers open.

 

 

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Green Globe

Description:

Green Globe is a hybrid artichoke with 120 days to maturity.  The plant could grow up to 1.2 meter tall. The globe shape buds are covered with fleshy flowers. Each plant can produces 3 to 4 green artichoke per harvest.  The fruit size is between 6 to 9 cm in diameter. The hearts are thick and tasty. Cut the fruit in summer before the flowers open.

Published in Artichoke
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 00:00

Canna F-1

Description:

Canna F-1 is a hybrid early maturing artichoke. The growth is open and the buds on long stems make the harvest easy. This is a purple oval shape artichoke. Fruit is thick and moist with a nutty taste. It has a large deep heart. It is cold resistant.

Published in Artichoke
Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00

Canna F-1

Description

About Purple Romagna Artichoke: According to historians, this member of the thistle family originated in the Mediterranean region and was especially popular in Sicilian and North African cuisine. Eventually the artichoke migrated to Italy, and when the famous Italian Catherine de Medici moved to France in 1533 to be the queen of Henry II, she took her passion for artichokes with her. Her appetite for this vegetable scandalized the people of her day, as the artichoke was considered an aphrodisiac and only eaten by men. In time, artichokes became a culinary delight only afforded by the elite. The French brought this vegetable to Louisiana, while the Spanish introduced it to California. California still produces nearly all of the United States' supply of artichokes, with Castroville, CA being named as the Artichoke Capital of the World. The Purple Romagna variety is the top choice of Italian chefs because of its unusual tenderness and beauty.


Purple Romagna Artichoke Germination: Stratify seeds by putting them in sand for 2 weeks in the fridge, then start seeds indoors 2-3 months before last frost; plant them 1/2" deep, in 4" pots. Keep the seedlings at a temperature of 60-70 degrees. Once they grow several leaves, expose them to temperatures lower than 50 degrees F for at 12-20 days; this process, called vernalization, acts as a false "winter" that speeds the growing process. Transplant the seedlings outside two weeks after the last spring frost. Space them 3' apart in rows 5' apart. Direct sowing the seeds outside after last frost also is an option, though it takes the plants longer to mature and usually means your first crop will be in the spring. Direct sow the seeds about 3' apart, ½” under soil surface, and water. Artichokes can also be fall planted, especially in warmer climates, since artichokes thrive in cool weather.


Growing Purple Romagna Artichoke Seeds: Take care to keep the young plants moist at all times and surrounded with mulch, compost, or straw. If fungus begins to form because of too much humidity, remove the affected leaves at once. Buds should begin to form 60-120 days after transplanting, depending on growing conditions. To overwinter this plant in warmer climates such as zone 7 and above, cover it thickly with mulch. Prevent excess moisture, as this often causes artichokes to die over winter. In zone 6 and colder, it will be necessary to dig up the plants by the roots, cut the stem to 3", and store them with the roots protected in a cool place until spring. Replant them after the last frost.

Harvesting Purple Romagna Artichoke: If planted soon enough in the spring, artichokes should produce at least one crop before fall. Harvest them before the petals of the choke begin to open, and the size reaches about 4". Cut the heads with about 3" of the stem attached. Use immediately for the freshest flavor, or keep refrigerated for up to five days.
Saving Purple Romagna Artichoke Seeds: To save the seed, allow the chokes to fully develop and form flowers. Either collect seed heads when flowers turn brown, or allow seed heads to dry on plants. When heads are dry, break them open and collect the seeds. Clean and dry the seeds before storage in cool dry conditions.

Detailed Purple Romagna Artichoke Info: Cynara scolymus. Also known as Purple of Romagna. Perennial. 180-200 days to maturity. 500 seeds per oz. 48-72" height. 4' spacing. Produces 5-6" artichokes that turn purple when fully mature.

 

 

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Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00

Green Globe

Description

An improved artichoke that could grow up to 4 feet tall with fleshy flowers covering the globe shaped buds. This highly adaptable plant produces 3 to 4 tasty and thick artichoke hearts per harvest that could be 5 inches in diameter.

Heirloom. This improved artichoke is such a pretty plant that it is also sold as an ornamental.

Bold, deeply lobed silvery-green leaves grow in a giant rosette that can get 4 feet tall. The fleshy flower buds 2 to 5 inches in diameter borne on a tall stem from the center of the plant are the edible portion.

Most artichokes grown commercially in the US come from Monterey County, California, where the weather suits them best. Our transplants should produce artichokes in the first year. If not cut, the buds open to purple thistle-like flowers. Plants are perennial in climates where winter is mild (zones 8 and 9).

Cut in late summer before fruits open. Trim spent stalks back to base for new shoots.

Fruit size: 2 to 5 inches
Days to maturity: 120 days
Plant spacing: 48 inches apart
Plant size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide

 

 

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