Artichokes

A versatile crop that will grow in most conditions and provide cover up through until Christmas.

Pack Size

25kg nets

Seed Rate

500kg/acre (1.25 tons/ha)

Uses

Long-term game cover (remains indefinitely, until dug up or sprayed off).

Value

An easy crop to establish and requires little input once on its way.

Sowing

March - early May

Seedbed

Deep cultivated and fine, as if preparing for potatoes.

Drilling

Ideally planted in ridged rows approximately 36 inches (90cm) apart at a depth of 6 inches (15cm). Drill using a potato planter and do not over-consolidate.

Roll

No

Fertiliser

(soil index 2)
N 110kg/ha; P 25kg/ha; K 80kg/ha. However, on most soils fertiliser should not be applied as artichokes are very vigorous.

Bugs & Beasts

No serious problems, but slugs can attack the newly-sown tubers.

Weeds

Use a stale seedbed and if any weed growth re-appears, glyphosate can be applied just before emergence of the crop.

Plant Disease & After Management

It is important to keep the crop ridged up, which should be done every other year. The crop should not be allowed to become too dense and this can be achieved by thinning out individual rows. Mustard can be broadcast across the ridges to provide extra cover at flushing points.

Price

£13.75 per 25kg

more info & order online back to all Straights