Originated in the Mediterranean region. Long-season
plants that won’t overwinter reliably north of Zone 7. To
get a crop of artichokes in one year, start seeds indoors in
pots 2-3 months before last frost date in spring. Move the
pots outdoors when four leaves have developed, when
temperatures are occasionally freezing, protecting them if
temps fall below below 29 degrees. 2-4 weeks of exposure
to cool temps “vernalizes” young seedlings, preparing them
to bloom later in the season after plants have grown large.
Cardoon may also be started early indoors but vernalizing
isn’t necessary. Both kinds are then grown on in very rich
soil, in full sun. They need excellent drainage but ample
moisture. They may benefit from some mid-afternoon shade
in hot-summer areas.
Tasty; needs a fairly long, mild growing season, or grow as an annual....
Large, round-headed purple chokes, tender and tasty, perfect for warm season...
A rare cardoon from Italy, its broad white stalks are eaten fried, sauteed,...
This French heirloom is noted for its fine flavor and pretty purple buds...
Lovely, pointed, purple artichokes. Purple varieties have been popular...
This exciting heirloom Cardoon was developed in Algeria, hence the name....