This variety produces a uniform plant size and a more productive yield on a plant with reduced spines. Give the plant plenty of space and nourishment and you'll be provided with 3-5 artichokes in the first year, and more in the years to come as well.
Perennial in zones 7-10; frost tolerant; plant in fall in mild climates for a harvest in spring, mature at 150-180 days (a plant that will also help you cultivate patience!)
Planting: transplant seedling ourdoors 6 weeks before the average first frost, when soil temperature is at least 60°F. Plant in full sun, spacing to 1 plant every 4 feet, in nutrient rich soil (can be amended with compost or worm castings before planting).
Watering: water regulary and keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy.
Harvesting: cut the main bud before it opens (opened buds are tough) by using a sharp knife or garden shears to trim it off the main stem 2 inches below the bud. Side shoots will appear providing smaller heads to harvest.