Arad will grow to about 90-120cm tall, compact for an artichoke. It is productive, attractive and very tasty. Price for 6 seeds
SOW & GROW: Chill seeds before sowing in moist seed compost in an unheated greenhouse/coldframe in late winter/early spring or outside in early to mid-spring. Harden off and plant out in late spring/early summer time about 45cm apart. Dig in well rotted organic matter before planting and apply a general fertiliser. Water well after planting and in dry weather. You can eat the first year buds of Arad or remove flowers so the plants can better establish
LONG TERM CARE: harvest in the summer when the scales are tightly closed, cut the terminal bud first (with about 5cm of stem) and then the others when large enough. Once the scales begin to open they become inedible! In mild areas retain stems and leaves for frost protection, otherwise remove and earth up in winter & cover with ferns or straw for added protection (uncover in spring). Mulch in spring - you can apply a high potash fertiliser when plants are actively growing.
Pollinating insects will be very happy if you leave one flower bud to open fully while harvesting the rest. Delicious cooked in butter with garlic or other herbs