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Artichoke Green GlobeR26.00
The Green Globe Artichoke can grow up to 2m tall. Its silvery-green leaves forms a beautiful rosette and if left to flower, you are rewarded with a stunning purple flower.
Artichokes are rich in anti-oxidants and, quite possibly, one of the lesser known super-foods.
This variety prefers warm summers and mild winters. It will thrive in good soil. Water regularly and it’s a good idea to provide some frost protection in winter.
Artichokes are targeted by slugs, snails, flying insect larvae and sucking insects. It is susceptible to diseases like damping off, powdery mildew, botrytis and curly dwarf virus.
Best months to sow: July, September, October.
Best months to transplant: January, August, October.
Approx. 20 seeds
Artichoke Purple Italian GlobeR32.00
This open-pollinated variety hails from Italy. The plants produce large, purple-coloured 8–16 cm heads.
Purple Italian Globe are tender and according to most culinary gurus, it tastes better than the green varieties. Artichokes are rich in anti-oxidants and quite possibly, one of the lesser known superfoods.
They like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil. The purple globe artichoke are more tolerant to both heat and cold than the standard green globe artichoke. They do not like frost. Mulching is very important if you want to cultivate artichokes successfully. Avoid overhead watering.
Artichokes are targeted by slugs, snails, flying insect larvae and sucking insects.
These include aphids, mites, scab and thrips. It is susceptible to diseases like damping off, powdery mildew, botrytis and curly dwarf virus. The majority of artichoke plant diseases can be avoided by crop rotation.
Best months to sow: September, October, July.
Best months to transplant: January, October, August.
Approx. 20 seeds
The Cardoon is a thistle-like plant in the same family as the artichoke which is why it is also known as the Artichoke Thistle. Cardoons have silver, feather-like foliage. The purple flowers attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies.
It grows very quickly and in most countries it is considered to be invasive. It does not do well in small spaces and adapt well to dry climates. The best way to control its growth is not to allow it to self-seed.
Cardoons need protection against frost, prefer full sun and soil with a PH of between 6.0 and 6.5. Do not over-water. They are disease-resistant, but aphids love them.
Planting season start in early spring – as soon as frost is no longer a problem. It is best grown from a transplant.
Companion plant: Asparagus
Approx. 25 seeds