Artichokes & Cardoon

Violetto Artichoke

Violetto Artichoke


From the north of Italy we bring you the artichoke of aristocrats, Violetto. This violet-bracted 'choke has small, oval, slightly elongated flower heads that measure 3 inches wide by 5 inches long. A bit later maturing than Green Globe, Violetto will produce abundant crops of mouthwatering artichokes for at least 4 years. Divine when served with melted butter or plain yogurt blended with a touch of mustard. Hardy in zone 6 and above.

   Open Pollinated
Approximately 15-20 seeds per gram.
  • AR003/S
  • 2 grams
  • $3.65

  • AR003/P
  • 7 grams
  • $6.75

  • AR003/B
  • 1 oz
  • $14.95
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Soil Temp for Germ.Days to EmergenceSeed DepthSoil Temp for Trans.Plant SpacingRow SpacingMin. Germ.Seed LifeSeeds per gramFertilizer Needs
65-75°F10-201/4"45°F3-5'4-6'70%1 year≈ 15-20Low

Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus: The flower buds of the artichoke are the harvested part of the plant. Artichokes are reported to contain the highest level of antioxidants of all vegetables!

C. cardunculus: Cardoon is a relative of the artichoke. Instead of consuming the flower as with artichokes, the fleshy leaf stems are eaten. Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplant.

• Artichokes are a tender perennial that prefer mild winters and cool summers
• Deep, fertile, well-drained soils with a pH of 6.5-7.5 provide optimum growth
• Before a hard frost, cut plants to 8-10 inches above ground and mulch with clean straw to keep the crown from freezing; crown death may occur at 25°F or lower

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

• Start indoors in January, sow 3-5 seeds per 4 inch pot; thin out small or albino seedlings and keep the strongest plant
• Transplant after danger of frost, but when the seedlings can still receive 10-12 days of temperatures under 50°F to induce budding
• Work in 1 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer around each plant

Insects & Diseases
Common insects: Aphids
Insect control: Neem oil or Pyrethrin
Common diseases: Crown rot, powdery mildew, molds
Disease prevention: Avoid overhead irrigation and water-logged soil

Harvest & Storage
• Cut buds before they start to open
• Smaller artichokes are the most tender
• Cardoon can be harvested green or blanched white by wrapping the young stalks with newspaper or piling straw around the plants for 30 days prior to harvest
• Store at 36°F and 95% relative humidity
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What the heck is it?
Jun 14, 2018  |  By Johnelle
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Like the other reviewer, I don't think whatever I'm growing is Violetto. The "artichoke" has very open "petals" and it is NOT purple. Cardoon? Maybe. Disappointed? Definitely. That's a year and a half down the drain. Whatever it is, it grows in zone 6 without any precautions other than those stated for Violetto. So bummed!
incorrect seed
Aug 27, 2017  |  By Terry
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Re: the above review, turns out the seed sent in the violetta package was Cardoon. I didn't order Cardoon seed so not a mistake on my part. They are pretty impressive when they flower though. Bees love em!
Sure didn't look like that
Aug 19, 2017  |  By Terry
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Yes, I'm in the Northeast and have successfully grown artichokes as annuals. For a lark I tried the violetto this year. Artichokes from seed are incredibly variable, but the artichokes that grew from this seed are not purple and soft as shown. They are the hardest, spiniest thistle burrs ever on the biggest, toughest plants I've ever seen. Definitely artichokes, but I'm not even sure they will be edible. I wish this site allowed photos. I also planted Imperial Star and had much better luck with those. They budded earlier and were very tender and tasty. I might need an axe for the violetto.