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Growing Artichokes (Globe)

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(Best months for growing Artichokes (Globe) in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 59°F and 64°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 63 - 79 inches apart
  • Harvest in 42-57 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Needs a lot of space. Best in separate bed
  • Globe artichoke
    Globe artichoke
  • Ready to harvest
    Ready to harvest

Superthistles growing to 1.2-1.3m high with a spread of 1.2x1.2m . Very pretty, can be part of a herbacious border.

Harvest from second year. Artichokes grow particularly well in sandy soil. Can be propagated by suckers or offsets. In temperate/warm areas a well fertilised plant will live for about five years and throw up suckers each year. Artichokes aren't hardy enough to overwinter in areas with very cold winters. In cold areas choose a hardy variety from a local supplier and grow it as an annual, with 10 days' exposure to cool daytime temperatures during spring. Transplant only when all danger of frost is past in your area. Aphids and earwigs can be a nuisance.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Artichokes (Globe)

Pick buds before scales develop brown tips .
If you have lots of small buds, they can be fried in olive oil and eaten whole.
Rinse in plenty of cold water to remove earwigs or other insects.

Your comments and tips

27 Mar 17, Erica Nielson (Australia - temperate climate)
Since globe artichokes don't like the cold, should I wait until after winter to divide the suckers? I use living mulch and hay to protect them from the cold I'm in Esperance, which has a fairly mild climate, but every summer we get the odd day 47degrees that simply knocks all the leaves off, probably because it's near a shed wall. Is there anything else I can do to protect it from the random heat waves? I suppose I could shift it so it doesn't get radiant heat. I appreciate any input. Thank you Erica
30 Mar 17, Jack (Australia - temperate climate)
You could divide and replant the suckers in winter. Give them a good 'blanket' of straw or old sacking to protect them if you get frosts. If the shed wall is metal try hanging hessian sacks behind your plants. Alternatively use brush panels. The radiated heat off a metal wall cladding is intense even on a medium day.
28 Nov 16, Tanya (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Does one need to water artichokes throughout winter, to keep them going till the following spring?
16 Nov 16, Rene (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Got mine at Faithful to Nature (online store) and I am very impressed. They deliver anywhere in SA
16 Oct 16, elkana mhlanga (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hie iam in protea glen and would like to know from which place can I buy artichokes I desperately need it.thankyo
24 Sep 16, Antonie Rad (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I am staying in Kempton Park. Have been to all nearby nurseries and can not get any artichokes to buy. Please give me places/nurseries where I can get some. Thank you.
03 Oct 16, Rene (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi there! If you still cannot find, I just ordered some seed from Faithful to Nature online. Great variety of seeds available.
29 Sep 16, Andrea (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Try Lifestyle Garden Centre off Byers Naude Drive in Randburg. They sometimes have more usual veggies and fruits as well as herbs. You should be able to Google them and get their contact details. Good luck :)
11 Sep 16, YVETTE ANN MARIE B. LACSON (Australia - tropical climate)
Am from the Philippines, can artichokes grow here?
04 Sep 16, Magdalize (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Kirchoff's (the seed brand) sells them
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Since globe artichokes don't like the cold, should I wait until after winter to divide the suckers? I use living mulch and hay to protect them from the cold I'm in Esperance, which has a fairly mild climate, but every summer we get the odd day 47degrees that simply knocks all the leaves off, probably because it's near a shed wall. Is there anything else I can do to protect it from the random heat waves? I suppose I could shift it so it doesn't get radiant heat. I appreciate any input. Thank you Erica

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