Artichoke Purple Italian Globe
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