Green Globe artichoke seeds grow on such attractive plants that they are often found in the flower garden. A little patience is needed but the wait is worthwhile. A rich and deeply dug soil is required for the plants to produce their best heads. Starting in March or April, sow seed outdoors 1.5cm (0.5″) deep in a seed bed and transplant to the permanent position when seedlings are large enough to handle. Water well. Allow 2-3 feet between plants as they will eventually reach a height of 5 feet. Young plants produce their best heads in the second year of cropping and become more prolific each year. To cook, rinse thoroughly under a tap and remove the pointed tips. Boil in salty water for 20-40 minutes until tender. Drain upside down and serve hot with melted butter or Hollandaise sauce.
Matures in 150-210 days. (Open-pollinated seeds)