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Artichoke, Lulu Hybrid

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A winner in trials - now available as garden-ready plants.

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Burpee Exclusive. Artichoke-lovers will be delighted this very special vegetable is now available as a plant! A culinary delicacy since ancient Rome, the giant flower buds offering a one-of-a-kind epicurean experience. ‘Lulu’ is a standout hybrid variety, a winner in our Fordhook trials two years in a row, getting top marks for both flavor and productivity.
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Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

90-110 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

3-6 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

48 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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Plants begin shipping week of:

May 01, 2017

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How to Sow

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Wrap artichoke seeds in a damp towel and store in the refrigerator for two weeks before sowing. This will provide the cold period that they need in order to germinate.
  • Once chilled, plant seeds ¼ inch deep in individual pots 6-8 weeks before last expected frost.
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days.
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 3 pairs of leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with deep, fertile, well-drained soil. In hot areas, afternoon shade is helpful.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 8 inches. Level with a rake to remove clumps of grass and stones.
  • Set plants 3-4 feet apart in rows 4-5 feet apart.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Carefully remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root development.
  • Fill the planting hole with soil to the top and press soil down firmly with your hand leaving a slight depression around the plant to hold water.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker. This is particularly important if you are trying different varieties. It is very difficult to tell which variety is which from the foliage.  
  • Water thoroughly, so that a puddle forms in the saucer you have created. This settles the plants in, drives out air pockets and results in good root-to-soil contact.
  • Mulch deeply to keep the soil as cool as possible.

How to Grow

  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • In areas with short growing seasons artichokes will not flower until the second year.
  • The flower buds and stalks contain the tender heartmeat that is consumed.
  • For single harvest, cut the flower buds and stem by the base of the leaves just before the bud opens, which is about 180 days from transplanting.
  • For multiple harvests, cut the flower bud one inch below the bud and allow the stem to send out additional flower buds.
  • Successive buds will be smaller than the first, but just as tasty.
  • The artichoke petals, heart, and stem all contain the tender fiber that is so delicious when steamed.
  • Store fresh artichokes in a sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for a week.
  • Artichoke hearts may be preserved in olive oil, or pickled.
  • Artichoke hearts or the whole head may be blanched and frozen.
Days To Maturity
90-110 days
Fruit Size
3-6 inches
Full Sun
48 inches
36 inches
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Planting Time
Sow Time
6-8 weeks BLF
4 feet
Life Cycle
Artichoke, Lulu Hybrid is rated 2.6 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hardy plants! I bought an order of 3 plants in 2016. They arrived in good condition, though a bit dry. I got them rehydrated, but didn't get them planted - I couldn't get help getting the garden ready, and had to be out of town repeatedly for family emergencies. Despite the very hot summer, they survived and grew some in their original pots for weeks until I finally killed them from not watering them properly! I'm extremely impressed with the quality of the plants I'd received, and their hardiness! I will try these again this year - I so want to get a taste of these chokes!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from All died I bought las spring planted as specified no fruits and all died. Will not buy the plant again.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Prolific in the Texas Panhandle Planted in enriched sandy loam with chicken house compost. Put on drip irrigation. Nothing the first year, but survived snow drifts and were prolific producers the second year. Great tasting artichoke. Zone 7a.
Date published: 2016-10-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from all three plants died all three plants died after arriving in terrible shape
Date published: 2016-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed Results 3 plants arrived in good condition. They were planted in identical positions following specifications on clear and extensive package directions. One is gorgeous, one is okay, and the third died. They received identical water and sunshine. Our region is mid Atlantic. Plants have not yet flowered.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DOA... I had very bad luck with this product. I ordered 3 artichoke starts. One of the three was dead when it arrived. I gently hydrated them the other two for 24-hrs and planted them both in 10 gallon pots with high quality potting mix. I kept them on the porch (in the shade to allow them to get acclimatized). The 2nd of the 3 died within 3 days of transplanting. The 3rd struggled for 2 weeks and finally died around day 16-17 or so. I have an experienced green thumb but I wasn't able to save these little guys. They arrived pretty weak, so it was an uphill battle from the jump (I live in San Diego, a major city, so it's not like the shipping time should have killed them). I emailed Burpee about it and they issued me a full refund... I guess I might try again next year, but maybe not. $19 for 3 plants was kinda of "meh" expensive just to have 1 DOA and 2 die days later. -- Orcafin SD
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No artichokes I was so excited to try this...only one plant out of three grew...Big plant, but no artichokes...waste of money
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible This is the second try with Burpee's artichokes. There will not be a third. The first try resulted in weak plants and no harvest. This try, at a different location resulted in plants that died after a month or so. Daniel E. Spector, PhD Master Gardener Jacksonville, AL
Date published: 2016-09-15
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