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Growing Artichokes (Globe)

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(Best months for growing Artichokes (Globe) in Australia - tropical regions)

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 15°C and 18°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 160 - 200 cm 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

16 Jul 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
On Zone 13b it has no planting date - so probably won't grow. In tropics in Australia it says plant April to July. You could try.
13 Jul 18, timothy Bryan hawaii (USA - Zone 13b climate)
Anyone grown Artichokes in Hawaii? I'm on the North Shore so its pretty rainy periodically, but temps are in the 70s-80s. Basically its the windward side of the island on Maui. My wife loves them so i'd like to try I already bought two plants any suggestions would be great!! thanks!
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.
11 Sep 16, YVETTE ANN MARIE B. LACSON (Australia - tropical climate)
Am from the Philippines, can artichokes grow here?
12 Aug 16, Steve (Australia - temperate climate)
Try artichokes. I just dug a hole and throw in a bucket of compost then plant at about 4-6 inches and leave alone. I put them in along a south facing fence about 6 feet apart. They do need tying in later in summer so I just use the fence for this.
07 Aug 16, Atef (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi guys , I really have the seeds of artichokes and want to grow them but I've read many articles that confusing me about the temp , time ,,,,,, Would you please explain easily how to grow them at home garden . Thank you
07 Aug 16, Meg (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Just got my first artichoke a small seedling l have it in a pot with potting mixture slight yellow on two leaves though when l transplanted it from the tiny punnet l fertilised with seasol. My question want to grow it in a very large pot and if that is possible what soil is best and do they need watering regulary such as keep the soil moist or let it dry out slightly between watering.
10 Apr 16, Rita Di Stefano (Australia - tropical climate)
I don't want to grow artichokes (my husband is already doing this on a very small scale) but I want to buy a large amount of small artichokes (about 100 to 200) for pickling. I have an old Italian family recipe handed down from grandmother to mother to me. The artichokes are wonderful to eat a long time after they have been pickled and put in jars in olive oil but I simply cannot purchase them from the shops. They may be available at the Sydney markets but then I would have to pay for the middle man's profits. I need to go to a farm and be allowed to cut them off the plants. These are the small heads which come after the large ones have been harvested. Can you please point me to an artichoke farm in the Sydney or south or not coast region please? I have tried to google one but cannot find anything. Cheers Rita
25 Jul 16, scott (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Rita, I would love to get your recipe for the artichokes if you are willing to pass it on??? I am new to artichoke pickling so any information is much appreciated. regards Scott
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