Robin Swindle wrote:Thank you for this informative article. I’m an artichoke lover myself, and now I have a whole new appreciation for this beautiful vegetable.
Greg Martin wrote:If anyone knows how to get artichokes or cardoons that can survive zone 5 winters I'm all ears!!! This year I started something like 32 varieties and got them outside early so they'd experience a lot of cold nights hoping that it will cause them all to flower, cross pollinate and set seeds. Then they can all stay out to see if any happen to be able to survive and next spring I'll play the same trick with all their seeds to really get the gene pool mixed up. Hopefully there will be survivors one of these years so that I can make a nice hardy landrace to share. But if there are already hardy plants out there I'd really like to include them (I know there are....but so far haven't had any luck getting my fingers on them so figured I'd start the selection process myself as a fun mixed up landrace).
I'm doing the same thing this year with beets and chards. Interestingly they were also originally used as a medicinal. For the beet/chard work I do have some zone 4 hardy genes as well as some perennial genes in the mix....I'm selecting first to combine those two traits. Looking for colorful perennial chards.
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