How to Save Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus) Seeds
Seed Saving Guide #2688
Binomial name: Cynara cardunculus
|Flower Type||Perfect, self-fertile|
|Other Isolation Methods||Cover flowers with paper bags and hand pollinate.|
|Population Required for Viable Seeds||5|
|Population Required to Maintain Variety||20-50|
|When to Harvest||Leave buds to flower; harvest when seed heads are dry and turn from green to brown.|
|How to Harvest||
Cut the stalks below the seed heads and arrange the seed heads in a single layer on a wire rack or hang them in a mesh bag until completely dry. Remove seeds from the seed heads by hand, or put seed heads in a hessian bag and stand on them to release the seeds.
|How to Clean||
Screen and winnow to remove the chaff.
|Image of Seeds|
May cross-pollinate with ornamental artichokes and with cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), including weedy plants. Isolation may not be necessary if generic seeds (rather than a specific variety) are desired.
What is Seed Saving?
Seed saving is the practice of collecting and storing mature seeds from open-pollinated plants. By allowing plants to reach full maturity and harvesting the seeds, they can be cleaned, dried, and stored for future use.