Organic Artichoke (Green Globe) Seeds
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Green Globe Artichokes add a stunning structural element to the garden, and can also be used as a windbreak. This perennial plant is easy to grow from seed.
Our Green Globe Ecoseeds are certified organic, non-GMO and open pollinated. Each seed packet contains approximately 15 handpicked seeds.
About Artichokes (Green Globe Artichoke, Cynara Scolymus)
Artichokes are a large Mediterranean thistle. The Artichokes that we love to eat in French and Mediterranean fare are actually the immature flower buds of the plant.
The Green Globe variety is a perennial that has stunning green foliage with a slightly purple hue. It looks striking in Mediterranean, coastal or cottage gardens.
This is one of the larger vegetable plants that Urban Bounty sells, so it is better for the back of a medium-large garden bed and isn't suitable for pots. In the right conditions it can grow 1.5 - 2 metres high and wide. Green Globe will produce up to 15 heads per plant in the second or third year.
Culinary Uses for Artichokes
Harvest Artichoke buds when the heads are tight and flat. Cut 5cm below the bud.
The small young Artichoke heads can be eaten 'cru' (raw), roasted for a mezze platter, or steamed and dipped in aioli, tahini or yoghurt dressing. When preparing, remove the tough outer layers, leaving the inner 'choke'. Squeeze lemon juice over the raw Artichokes to prevent discolouration.
Climate and seasonal information - Artichokes
You can sow Artichoke seeds started indoors about 12 weeks before the last expected spring frost.
Artichokes do best in a warmer climate, as they are not frost hardy. If you live in an area with one or two light frosts over winter, we recommend that you mulch around your Artichokes to protect the roots from damage.
Growing conditions - Green Globe Artichoke
Artichokes are easy to grow from seed. They are a fairly tough plant, but a little love and attention will result in a better harvest. Artichokes thrive in mildly acidic, rich and free draining soil. They need full sun, and shelter from the wind and spring frosts. While they are heat tolerant, they need regular water. (Water deeply 1 - 2 times per week during dry periods and keep the soil moist.)
During the first season, remove all flower heads to encourage strong future growth.
Sunflowers, Tarragon and Peas are good companion plants for Artichokes.
Seed sowing instructions
- This plant is best transplanted, rather than direct sown.
- Soak seeds in water before sowing.
- Transplant: Late spring - late summer
- Plant seeds in seed raising mix (2 - 3 seeds per hole)
- Spacing: 160 cm apart
- Sowing depth: 7mm (3 times the diameter of the seed)
- Germination: 7 - 10 days
- Keep soil moist but not soggy
- Once germinated, leave the strongest and discard or prick out the weakest
- Harvest: Second or third spring/summer from transplant.