An exotic Artichoke from Italy - this a large perennial plant that will be covered in small purplish artichokes that should be picked and eaten while small. Students started these plants from seeds that were picked from the Loma artichoke plants. They are not *quite* as purple as the seed companies describe them to be, but they are still delicious when picked small.
Violetta Italian Purple Artichokes
Artichoke Instructions: Each artichoke will ultimately occupy at least 4 square feet. Use a gopher basket if you are planting them in the ground outside of a raised bed. Fertilize them well for maximum size and production. Artichokes can survive for about 10 years and will die back for about a month after producing a spring crop. Italian purple artichokes are usually picked while they are still small and tender.
These gallon-sized artichokes are on a table just inside the gate of the Loma garden, which is located behind the kinder yard at Loma. Loma parents feel free to pick them up during pick up and drop off hours, general public please come after school or on weekends.