Imperial Star Artichoke Seeds

Imperial Star Artichoke Seeds

Sweet, mild buds stay closed longer on the plant, for a more leisurely harvest.

(P) Pkt of 20 seeds
Item # 05006-PK-P1
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In our garden trials, this standout produced nearly 3 times more Artichokes in a single season than older varieties! The sweet, mild-flavored flower buds are round and thornless, for easier harvesting. And they stay closed longer on the plant, so you don't have to pick the entire crop at once!

Harvest them at 4 1/2 inches in diameter for best flavor. Delicious and so productive in the garden!

Direct-sow in the sunny garden around the final frost date, or start indoors 4 to 6 weeks earlier. Space (or thin) the seedlings about 6 feet apart. Divide every 3 to 4 years to maintain vigorous yields. Fertilize once annually with a nitrogen-rich mixture. Pkt is 20 seeds.

Review Summary
(Based on 3 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


Grew these last season
Rachel from UT wrote on January 25, 2018

I read this variety would be best for my zone, 6b. I had 100% germination. They took quite a while to get going and I was nervous I wouldn't get any production so I bought some already well established green globes from a big box store. To my surprise the imperial star plants I started put out fruit first although the plant was still quite smaller than the globes. In fact I never got any fruit from the globes. And they got huge. Just came back to buy some more seeds. I couldn't let any go to seed, I ate them all.

imperial Start Worth The Effort!
Bob Gabella - GardenOpus from IL wrote on November 13, 2013

I regret to say I used several year old, unopened but properly stored seed but a few still germinated, grew and "fruited" even with comparative neglect (so I am ordering fresh seed now). Here in suburban Chicago first chokes came the last week in July and continued on and off until hard frost. Plants are compact compared to west coast Artichokes, each was slightly different in habit choke size, color and production (so not entirely uniform) - but I did follow the wisdom of several weeks below 50 F after 3 true leaves before transplanting (most detailed info online suggests in the North starting 12 weeks before transplant and the last half of that time should be outside hardened off and with as many nights below 50 as possible, bringing them in if freezing weather threatens). This means the fast growing plants will be large and husky at transplant time. I want to give them better attention this year, will work extra organic matter and TomatoTone into the soil and cull out the odd looking seedlings in favo

Artichoke seeds
Anonymous from VA wrote on March 18, 2013

The artichoke seeds that I received began to germinate after 10 days. Curiously, one of the two-leaf seedlings is snow white - no green. The others are green. Why?

Artichoke Germination Information

Artichoke Seed Germination How to Sow Artichoke:
  • Best sown indoors at a temperature to 60-70° and at a depth of 4 times the size of the seeds
  • Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost
  • Expect germination in 12-15 days
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors after all danger of frost is past in the spring, but when the soil is still cool
  • It is 5-7 months from sowing to crop production (if started early, they will produce fruit the first year)
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Artichoke:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space seedlings 4 feet apart

Lighting: Site in full sun

Soil: Site in a rich, well-drained soil

Additional Care: Provide straw mulch underneath during the growing season (to help keep the roots cool and moist) and mulch the entire plant heavily during the winter in Zones 6-7. Water heavily and fertilize before planting and again when plants are 2 feet tall. This plant prefers climates with long, cool summers

Appearance and Use:

This sister of Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus) is also a large spreading, architectural plant growing 4-5 feet tall by 3-4 feet wide. It produces large, silver-green, ferny leaves, however, it is not grown for ornamental attributes. Rather, it is grown for its edible, thick-scaled flower buds. Harvest the buds when they are about 4 inches in diameter, plump, and the scales are still tight. Cut the stems 1-2 inches below the base of the buds, next cut the entire stalk to the ground to promote a second crop. If the buds go unharvested they will open as 6-8 inch, purplish, thistle-like flowers

About Artichoke:
Botanical name: Cynara scolymus
Pronunciation:  sin’å-rå sko-le’mus
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Asteraceae; native to the Mediterranean

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First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

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Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

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Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

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Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

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Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?
GMO freeIt is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?
Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?
Pelleted pentas seedsExtremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?
The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?
For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?
Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?
We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?
When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.

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