The Purple Artichoke, also known as Violet de Provence, is a unique and beautiful variety of artichoke that is known for its vibrant purple color and delicious, nutty flavor.
This heirloom variety is a product of Provence, France, where it has been a staple crop for centuries.
The Purple Artichoke is a perennial plant that can be grown as an annual in colder climates.
Germination: To start growing Purple Artichoke from seed, it is best to begin the process indoors.
Fill seed trays or pots with seed compost and water it well.
Sow the seeds on the surface, covering them with a thin layer of compost or vermiculite.
Place the tray or pots in a propagator or cover with a plastic bag and put them in a warm place, such as a windowsill or heated propagator.
Keep the compost moist but not waterlogged.
Germination usually takes about 10-14 days at a temperature of around 60-70°F
Growing tips: Once the seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant them into 3in pots.
Grow them on in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill until all risk of frost has passed.
When planting them out, choose a sunny, well-drained spot in soil.
It’s recommended to use Mulch around the base of the plants, to help preserve moisture in the soil.
Fertilize regularly with a organic, water-soluble fertilizer to promote healthy growth.
You can expect to harvest the artichokes in around 110-120 days after transplanting.
The Purple Artichoke is a unique and flavorful addition to any garden.
They are great for steaming, grilling, and eating with a dip.
This pack contains 10 heirloom seeds, enough to grow a good number of plants to enjoy a bountiful harvest.
Please note that this variety is rare and can be difficult to find in seed form, so don’t hesitate to grab some now!