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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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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. Perennial in zones 7-9.
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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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Artichokes are easy to grow and are a gourmet treat.
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How to Sow

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • 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 2.8 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from They Died! Planted in March and they did well until the extreme heat started and all three plants died. They were planted in two different locations with adequate water.
Date published: 2019-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from superb choice! We bought one order of three Lulu artichokes about three months ago; wish we'd bought six! They're growing in stock tanks (avoiding gophers) and are doing far better than the Violettos and the Green Globes that fill the rest of the tanks. First of all, these three plants have 24 artichokes on them, three months later, and seem profoundly resistant to ants and aphids that afflict the Green Globe variety. We'll switch next year. Amazingly productive and quite delicious when cooked.
Date published: 2019-07-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from They all died I ordered these last year. They didn’t look very happy when I got them but eventually looked better. In the end all 3 died. I did contact Burpee with pictures and the diagnosis was verticillium wilt. Really would like to try again but am scared they won’t be healthy plants.
Date published: 2019-06-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't know yet. My plants just arrived ... not ingrate condition but at least one healthy leaf on each of the 3 plants. I kind of wish I would have read the reviews first. But I am going to give them a good try. (What is the best way to water them?)
Date published: 2019-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I was thrilled Planted them last year and they grew to about a foot. No flowers, which is normal. This year nothing has come up. I covered them with mulch and tarp over the winter. We have had some warm days and the soil was warming up, yet I see nothing coming up.
Date published: 2019-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks great! I read some reviews before buying my plants and was a little concerned about the condition the plants would be in, but they were packaged carefully and arrived in very good condition. I thought the plants would be a little bigger/older, but it's really not a problem. A few of the leaves were wilted, but I would be too if I were in the dark and a box for several days. I unpackaged them, gave them a drink of water, and set them in the window sill until I could get them home. I live in Zone 10 so will be very curious how well they do, but from what I read they will do excellent. So far, I'm very pleased with my plants.
Date published: 2019-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from pretty plant-no artichokes Not sure when plant produces artichokes, but this year there are none. We planted 5 months ago, have huge leaves, no artichokes.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Waiting I porchased 3 sets, 9 plants and have planted them in a spot that gets a lot of sun directly over the cesspool, so the drainage will be good. I'm surprised how huge and healthy they are, I live in the NorthEast so I know they will not bud this year. My oncern is I planted them a little over a foot apart. Not sure if I should or could move every other one and what I need to do to prepare the plants for the winter? Ant advice?
Date published: 2017-10-05
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