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Artichoke Imperial Star [cynara cardunculus var. scolymus]

Artichoke Imperial Star [cynara cardunculus var. scolymus]

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Tips to reduce water use

We recommend mulching the beds.
Experience has shown that covering the ground with hay or straw can reduce evaporation by 80%. Keeping the beds evenly moist will create an optimal moist microclimate under the mulch. This not only helps the plants to grow, but also reduces the water consumption enormously. 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 crop 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. Drying out the soil causes a huge reduction in the micro- and macro-organisms in the soil, resulting in an infertile soil.
Tests have shown that the addition of water to the entire bed is lower over a longer period of time than if it is only poured selectively. Due to the small volume of the poured areas, as opposed to the large dry volume, they dry out faster than if the entire volume of the bed were filled with moisture.
Similar to heating in an apartment.

Maintaining an energy level always requires less energy than having to reach this level again and again.

Shippping and pickup information

We offer CTT shipping for seeds worldwide! With us you always get a tracking number to track your parcel. The shipping costs differ depending on the continent.
Here is a list of regions and prices:

National Shipping Portugal (with Azores and Madeira Islands)
Envelope or Parcel up to 500g = €4.50
Parcel up to 2kg = €8
Parcel more than 2kg = €16

Europe shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €7
Parcel up to 500g = €9.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €14
Parcel up to 2kg = €20
Parcel more than 2kg = €40

United States shipping
Envelope up to 100g = €8.50
Pa up to 500g = €15.50
Parcel up to 1kg = €24
Parcel up to 2kg = €33.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €67

World shipping (to all other areas)
Envelope up to 100g = €7
Parcel up to 500g = €14
Parcel up to 1kg = €21
Parcel up to 2kg = €31.50
Parcel more than 2kg = €63

After completing your order when you check out, you will receive an order confirmation email from us with your tracking number.

Pick up
You can pick up your order at any time by appointment at our farm or at the markets we visit. The possible pick-up options will be displayed to you directly when you check out.

Markets we visit can be found above in the menu bar under"Market Dates"

The Imperial Star artichoke is a very vigorous and robust variety. It has dark green leaves and broad, white ribs. The flowers appear the following year and are harvested when closed. If sowed very early, a harvest in the same year is possible.
In mild locations, it thrives outdoors for several years. Winter protection is required in cooler regions.

General information
Plant family: Asteraceae
Lifecycle: Perennial
Days until harvest: 270 days
Plant hight approx: 180 cm
Root type: Deep and shallow rooter
Nutrient requirements: Medium
Water requirements: High
Winter hardiness: until -10°C
Location: Sunny
Soil: Permeable, moist, nutrient rich, sandy, humus, loamy

pH value: 6.5 to 7.5

Information on sowing and planting
Germ type: Dark germinator
Sowing depth: 3-5 cm
Best germination temperature: 20-25°C
Germination time: 5-10 days
Plant-, row distance: 100x100 cm

Optimal mix culture: Lettuce, fennel, radish, broad bean, cucumber, potato
Unfavorable mix culture: Garlic, chives, celery, onion

Planting information
The artichoke can be sown directly from March in Portugal, after the last frosts. In addition to direct sowing, it is advisable to grow artichokes in small containers in a frost-free environment from January and plant them out after 5-8 weeks as seedlings at a distance of 100x100cm. Planting is best done at temperatures above 10°C. An evenly moist soil improves growth and bud formation. With optimal handling and early sowing, the harvest begins in the same year after 250 days.
Overwintering the perennial plant is unproblematic down to -10°C. It is recommended for colder regions to cut the perennial close to the ground and use a mulch cover for the winter. The still closed buds are harvested in late summer and can be harvested over 4-5 years.

Other names
Latin botanical names: cynara cardunculus var. scolymus
English names: Artichoke
German names: Artischocke
Portuguese names: Alcachofra
Spanish names: Alcachofa, alcaucil
French names: Artichaut

Ingredients and application
Artichoke leaves contain numerous phenolic carboxylic acids. These include caffeic acid, caffeoylquinic acid derivatives such as chlorogenic and neochlorogenic acid and dicaffeoylquinic acid derivatives such as cynarin. Other active ingredients are bitter sesquiterpene lactones with the main component cynaropicrine and various flavonoids such as rutin and luteolin.
It is used for indigestion, indigestion, flatulence, loss of appetite, disorders of the biliary system, hyperlipidemia and high blood lipid levels.

Potent germination capacity: 3-4 years

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