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Cynara scolymus
( CommonName Not Available )

When starting from seed, do everything you can to induce rapid growth in the plants, because in the end it will result in a bigger harvest. Start seeds inside between February and March, and transplant out in 8 weeks, after the soil has warmed and there is no danger of frost. 20% of the plants will probably not produce flowers, so cull the smaller ones on transplanting. Space transplants 24 inches apart in rows 3 feet apart. If you want to overwinter the plants, cut them off 8-10 inches above ground in early winter, and cover with straw. Next season's crop will be rooted offshoots of the parent plants. To harvest: cut the flowers before they begin to open.
Important Info : Fleshy flowers are the edible portion of artichokes.


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Characteristics
Cultivar:n/a  
Family:Asteraceae  
Size:Height: 0 ft. to 6 ft.
Width: 0 ft. to 4 ft.  
Plant Category:perennials,  
Plant Characteristics:edible flowers,  
Foliage Characteristics:coarse leaves,  
Foliage Color:green, silver to cream,  
Flower Characteristics:erect, showy, unusual,  
Flower Color:purples,  
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Requirements
Bloomtime Range:not applicable  
USDA Hardiness Zone:8 to 10  
AHS Heat Zone:Not defined for this plant  
Light Range:Part Sun to Full Sun  
pH Range:5.5 to 7  
Soil Range:Sandy Loam to Loam  
Water Range:Normal to Normal  

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