Artichoke 'Italian Purple'

Cynara cardunculus | Cynara scolymus, Cardoon

£2.99

This product is produced and supplied in association with Thompson & Morgan

Large flower buds ready to harvest in summer

Perennial plants return for a repeat crop every year

Attractive and produyctive, grow in flower borders or allotments

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An attractive Cardoon with purple flower buds which provide good ornamental value as well as a tasty crop of fresh artichokes during summer. The purple-skinned flower buds of Artichoke ‘Italian Purple’ are generously large and can be removed from the stem when ready. Enjoy the whole head steamed, the fleshy petals can be picked off and dipped into garlic butter or tangy dressings. The flavoursome artichoke hearts can be enjoyed freshly cooked or preserved for later use by pickling. Grow these impressively tall plants in rows on the allotment or take advantage of their towering, attractive habit by growing them at the back of a flower border. Height: 1.8m (6’). Spread: 75cm (30”).


1 packet (25 artichoke seeds) (KA2666)

Grow globe artichoke plants in rich fertile, well drained soil in full sun with protection from strong winds. Direct sow globe artichoke seed outdoors from March to April when the soil has warmed up. Sow into a well prepared seedbed, with 2-3 seeds per station in drills 30cm (12”) apart. When large enough to handle, thin out seedlings. The thinnings can be transplanted. Globe artichoke seed sown outdoors will usually flower the year after sowing.
Cover young globe artichoke plants with fleece when required to protect them from frosts. When growing globe artichokes, provide a thick mulch of organic matter around the base of the plants to help conserve moisture and reduce weed growth. Throughout summer, water globe artichokes regularly, particularly during dry periods. Harvest globe artichokes from July, before the scales open, while the buds are plump. Globe artichokes will produce good crops for several seasons but are best replaced after 3 years to maintain vigour and crop yields.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £4.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

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