Green Globe Improved & Purple of Romagna Artichoke Seeds

This packet sows up to 19 feet.
4 out of 5 stars
(2 reviews)
Availability: Out of Stock

Grow artichokes anywhere, even in northern gardens. 'Green Globe Improved' is a short-season variety and 'Purple of Romagna' is a coveted, Italian heirloom. Provide plenty of room and fertile soil and you'll be rewarded with 3 to 5 fresh, delicious artichokes per plant. Bees love the flowers! Perennial in USDA zones 7-10 or bring indoors over winter. In cold climates, can be grown as an annual.

$1.99 18 seeds

Botanical Name: Cynara scolymus

Days to Maturity: 150–240 days

Family: Asteraceae

Native: Mediterranean region

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant perennial in USDA zones 7-10

Plant Dimensions: 'GREEN GLOBE IMPROVED': 5' tall, 4'–8' wide. 'PURPLE OF ROMAGNA': 6' tall, 4'–8' wide.

Variety Information: 'GREEN GLOBE IMPROVED': Dark green with slightly purple base. Heavy bearing. Very few spines. 'PURPLE OF ROMAGNA': Italian heirloom. More tender and spiny. Smaller buds with oblong shape. Varies from green tinged with purple to mostly purple with green tips.

When to Sow Outside: Cold Climates: Not recommended. Mild Climates: Sow in fall for harvest the following spring.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. Cold Climates: Sow in 4" pots 12 weeks before your average last spring frost date. Transplant outside 4 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–80°F. Protect from frost. Mild Climates: Sow in 4" pots in early fall. Transplant outdoors 6 weeks before your average first frost date. Sow in biodegradable pots to avoid tap root disturbance.

Days to Emerge: 14 days

Seed Depth: ⅛"–¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 4'

Row Spacing: 6'

Thinning: Thin to 1 every 4'

Harvesting: For eating, harvest buds when they are still tightly closed, just before they begin to open (opened heads are tough). Cut the central bud first by cutting the stem with a sharp knife 2" below the bud. After harvesting, side shoots will produce smaller harvestable buds (a unique delicacy!).

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Green Globe Improved & Purple of Romagna Artichoke Seeds Reviews

2 reviews

Only one Purple of Romagna seed in the pack

3 out of 5 stars Jul 31, 2021
I was very disappointed to see that out of the 18 seeds, there was only one seed of Purple of Romagna. I sowed that seed first, as it was the reason I purchased the packet. It germinated VERY quickly and was growing very nicely and then when I set it out to harden off it was immediately eaten by a slug. Now I'm stuck with 17 Green Globe seeds and no purple artichoke. I'm very disappointed and wish the description had said something about how the 18 seeds were split between the two.
Owner Response: Hi Terri, We are sorry your seed packet didn't have a more even split of the two cultivars. We don't state or have an efficient way that would not drive up the packet price to ensure each seed packet has an exact mix. Our customer service is always happy to help with complaints like yours--please feel free to contact us for help. A customer service agent will be with you soon.

Beautiful and unique purple of romagna

5 out of 5 stars Apr 13, 2022
I was thrilled to have my first artichoke from seed make its debut this spring! Striking purple color and can't wait to try out the smaller artichokes on the plant as well. Will definitely be planting again!
Lauren from TX

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