Artichoke 'Gros Vert de Laon'

A traditional French, perennial globe artichoke – 'Gros Vert de Laon' with the largest hearts of any artichoke. More
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Perennial Artichokes don't come 100% true from seed, you will get slight variation in shape and colour, but from our selection of seeds you'll get plenty of quick-cropping plants for your garden.

Gros Vert de Laon took me years to find. This rare, mid to late season, traditional French variety, has the largest hearts of any artichoke, hugely fat and delicious.

Genus Cynara
Group/Species C. scolymus
Variety Gros Vert de Laon
Type Hardy Perennial
Common Name Globe Artichoke
Soil Type Fertile
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.2-1.5m (4-5ft)
Spacing 60cm (24in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover February - July. Plant out when roots fill a 9cm pot. They can also be sown direct in July.
Care Tips Cut them down to the ground in summer. May need staking in windy areas. May produce small artichokes in first summer but remove these to eat at golf ball size. Don't allow them to grow to full size as they will hamper the development of the plant.
Vase Life Artichoke flowers are perfect for cutting.
Storing Store in plastic bag in the fridge for a couple of days - best eaten fresh.
Harvesting The harvest in the second year will be most prolific in July, but can be harvested May -October. Pick when scales are tightly closed to be at their best for eating or allow to flower if you want to use them in arrangements.
Cooking Notes Cut underneath the globe, and place in boiling water and cook for 40-45mins until tender.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Reviewed 8th February 2017 by Julie Cutler

Retrying permanent successional planting after messing up my first year in the garden last year.
Found that I got a much better germination rate from the same (open) packet by doing a 24 hour soak and chitting between soggy kitchen towel. 6 have sprouted in a few days compared to one sole germinator sown directly in seed compost last year.
Using technique for the 6 varieties I'm trialling.