Organic Artichoke (Green Globe) Seeds

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.

    We offer a replacement guarantee

    To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

    What will postage cost?

    Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

    Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

    If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

    If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

    How often do you dispatch?

    To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

    How do you package your products?

    We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


    Where do you deliver to? 

    We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

    South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

    While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

    We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

    Do you deliver to post office boxes?

    Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.