By request, I am posting this thread to share growing them this year. I have direct seeded, indoors under lights, two kinds of Artichokes: Green Globe Artichoke Violetta Di Chioggia Artichoke There is a picture of my seedlings taken a few minutes ago. Next will be pics posted by request, showing both kinds grown before. I had started those earlier than i got these going, so not expecting the same first year results. It was a surprise to get multiple chokes the first year, but we did have an especially hot summer for this climate that year.