Artichoke & Cardoon


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.

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Artichoke & Cardoon
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Gobbo Di Nizzia Cardoon

Gobbo Di Nizzia Cardoon AR103

A rare cardoon from Italy, its broad white stalks are eaten fried, sauteed,... Read More
Green Globe Artichoke

Green Globe Artichoke AR101

Tasty; needs a fairly long, mild growing season, or grow as an annual.... Read More
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Purple of Romagna Artichoke AR105

Large, round-headed purple chokes, tender and tasty, perfect for warm season... Read More
Rouge d'Alger Cardoon

Rouge d'Alger Cardoon AR106

This exciting heirloom Cardoon was developed in Algeria, hence the name.... Read More
Violet de Provence Artichoke

Violet de Provence Artichoke AR107

This French heirloom is noted for its fine flavor and pretty purple buds... Read More
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