Articulo: How to germinate Artichokes

Artichokes high command prices in supermarkets, even when they are in season. However, many people buy faithfully during the summer months, despite the cost. Growing artichokes at home is a way to enjoy the rich, fleshy vegetables without the exorbitant cost of buying them in the store. Artichokes, particularly hereditary varieties, grow well from seeds, if they are sown indoors three months before the last winter frost, but young seedlings require a period of controlled cooling load with their large heads of edible flowers in the first year

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Propagation Mat

Fill several 4-inch plastic pots with a mixture of three parts of clay and one part of medium-grain sand. Pour 1/4 cup of water into each pot.

Sow two artichoke seeds in each pot. Press the seeds under the earth's surface to a depth of 1/8 inch. Cover the seeds completely with soil.

Place the pots in a cold or indoor setting near a large window. Apply heat to the pots with a spread mat adjusted to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Water the artichoke seeds with 1/4 cup of water each time the surface of the soil feels dry. Pour the water into the pots carefully so as not to disturb the seeds.

Watch for germination in 10 to 15 days. Remove the smaller of the two artichoke seedlings from each pot.

Move the artichoke plants in a cool ventilated setting, where temperatures remain around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the seedlings in the cold frame for 10 days to cool the plants and ask for blooming sooner.

  • Adam Floyd