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Artischoke Imperial Star [Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus]

Artischoke Imperial Star [Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus]

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Tips to reduce water requirements

We recommend mulching the beds
Experience has shown that by covering the floor with hay or straw, evaporation can be reduced by 80%. If you keep the beds evenly moist, an optimal humid microclimate will be created under the mulch. This not only promotes the growth of plants, but also enormously reduces water consumption. On our farm we only water every 2-3 days and irrigate a 200 m2 cultivation area in the Algarve in Portugal with 500l of water. Our beds are always moist, which promotes plant growth and harvest quality.

It is also advisable to keep the beds moist at all times, even if the bed is not used for a certain period of time
The desiccation of the soil leads to a huge decline in micro-and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in a barren soil over time. Tests have shown that the water content in the entire bed with full-scale irrigation remains longer than if watering is only carried out selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured surfaces, in contrast to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed is filled with moisture. Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to achieve it again and again.

Shipping and pick-up information

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National Shipping
Portugal (with the Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or package up to 500g = € 3.50
2 kg Bus Package = 8 €
Package over 2 kg = 16 €

Europe Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = 7 €
500g Bus Package = 9,50 €
1kg Bus Package = 14 €
2kg Bus Package = 20 €
Package over 2kg = 40 €

USA Shipping
Envelope up to 100g = € 7.50
500g Bus Package = 15,50 €
1 kg Bus Package = 24 €
2 kg Bus Package = 33,50 €
Package over 2 kg = 67 €

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The 'Imperial Star' artichoke is an ancient perennial leafy vegetable and medicinal plant from the Mediterranean region. Already by the ancient Egyptians, this flowering vegetable was highly valued and cultivated. in the 13th Century in Europe, the artichoke was introduced by the Arabs and grown in the Canary Islands and Sicily. The 'Imperial Star' is a very robust and fast-growing variety that, due to its early flowering phase, is particularly suitable for cultivation in temperate, cooler climates. The plant forms dark green wide leaves with a white rib. The fine taste is strong and mild. Due to the many valuable ingredients, the plant is a useful means of losing weight.

General information
Plant family: Asteraceae
Life Cycle: Perennial
Days to harvest: 270 days
Plant height approx.: 180cm
Root Type: Deep Root
Nutrient requirements: Strong Eaters
Water Requirements: High
Winter hardiness: Up to-10 °C
Location: Sunny
Floor: Permeable, moist, sandy, loamy, humus

PH: 6.5 to 7.5

Sowing and planting information
Germ Type: Dark germ
Seed Depth: 2-4 cm
Optimal germination temperature: 20-25 °C
Germination time: 5-10 days
Planting, row spacing: 80x100 cm

Optimal mixed culture: Salad, fennel, radish, thick bean, cucumber, potato
Unfavorable mixed culture: Garlic, chives, celery, onion

Subtropic climate (Mediterranean) (e. g. B. Portugal, Spain, Italy)
Sow directly into the open air from January. We recommend pre-cultivation in small bowls from January to June.

Moderate climate (e. g. B. Germany, Switzerland, Poland)
From April onwards, sow directly into the frost-free field. We recommend pre-cultivation in small bowls from January with planting in April.

We always recommend pre-cultivation for artichokes. D Azzu let the seedlings grow in a small bowl to the first visible artichoke leaves, then pike them into the desired container. After peckering, let the seedlings grow at moderate temperatures until they are planted out as seedlings. The planting of the seedlings in the bed is carried out from the 2nd Pair of leaves after the cotyledders.
The plants prefer a protected and sunny location with a moist, sandy, humus-rich and loamy soil, with many nutrients. Avoid waterlogging.

Additional tips
If sown later, the flowers appear the following year and are harvested when closed. In the subtropical climate, the plant thrives outdoors for several years. Winter protection is required in cooler temperate climates. In order to quickly obtain a fine, crumbly and well-drained soil, an additional incorporation of biochar and primeval rock flour is recommended.

Type of propagation
Spread occurs via seeds.

Care Plants
The bed in the artichoke should never dry out completely, regular watering is necessary to keep the growth of the plants stable. A with Animal manure prepared soil and planting in mixed culture, replaces additional fertilization. Fertilization with plant manure promotes new shoots in spring.

Germination ability of seeds: 3-4 years

Other Names
Botanical names: Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus
English Names: Artichoke
German names: Artichoke
Portuguese names: Alcachofra
Spanish Names: Alcachofa, alcaucil
French names: Artichaut

  • Made in harmony with nature
  • All seeds and seedlings are genetically stable for further propagation
  • Our seeds are always checked for germination at regular intervals
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