Artichoke Seeds - Artichoke Violet Globe Herb Seed

Artichoke Seeds

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Herb Specifications

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 7 - 10

Height: 40 inches

Bloom Season: Late summer to early fall

Bloom Color: Violet

Environment: Full sun

Soil Type: Moist, well-drained sandy to clay soils

Deer Resistant: Yes

Latin Name: Cynara Scolymus

Planting Directions

Temperature: 50F

Average Germ Time: 14 - 30 days

Light Required: No

Depth: 1/2 - 3/4 inch deep

Sowing Rate: 2 to 3 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 24 - 36 inches

Planting & Care Guide: Artichoke

Artichoke Violet (Cynara Scolymus) - Bring an exotic look to your herb garden by growing Artichoke seeds! They have been grown for centuries, dating back to the Greeks and Romans. They are native to the Mediterranean area and grow in the wild. Here in the United States, Artichoke violet globe is widely cultivated and is considered to be a somewhat tender perennial. The edible portion of the plant is the large flower bud, and each plant produces several of the buds which are 2 - 5 inches across. The heart of the bud is very tender, and there are many wonderful methods of preparation that bring out the flavors of this gourmet herb. This Artichoke herb variety produces buds that are violet in color and are known for being very flavorful. Start your herb seeds today!

How To Grow Artichokes From Seed: Start the Artichoke seeds indoors in late winter. Many gardeners recommend a chilling period for the young Artichoke herb plants with temperatures below 50F in order to produce the buds. Plant outdoors after danger of frost has passed in rich organic soil. In hot weather, give the plants deep soakings of water, watering them from the base. To winter the Artichoke plants, cut them down to 8 - 10 inches and mulch them heavily. What grows next year will be offshoots of the parent plant.

Flavorful Garden Vegetable

Artichokes have thick, meaty leaves that are quite different from your usual garden green. The entire cone is edible and can be cooked.

Flavorful Garden Vegetable

Vegetable With High Antioxidants

How To Grow

Start artichoke seeds indoors in late winter. Many gardeners recommend a chilling period for the young plant in order to produce buds: temperatures below 50F degrees are adequate for the chilling process. Seeds can also be planted directly outdoors after all danger of frost has passed. Plant in rich organic soil at a depth of 1/2 - 3/4 inch. Seeds will germinate in 14-30 days. In hot weather, these plants require deep soakings of water: water them at the base. When wintering, cut the plants down to 8-10 inches and mulch well.

  • Sowing rate: 2-3 seeds per plant
  • Soil: moist and well-drained sand to clay
  • Planting depth: 1/2 - 3/4 inch
Vegetable With High Antioxidants

Plant Information

The artichoke is a perennial vegetable plant that grows in USDA zones 7 through 10. It is a member of the thistle family, and grows with a lifespan of 5 to 10 years. There are many ways to use and cook this vegetable.

  • Bloom color: violet
  • Bloom season: late summer to early fall
  • Environment: full sun
  • Height: 40 inches