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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
  • Ready to harvest
  • Globe artichoke

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

17 May 19, Jude (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Purchased 3 artichoke plants in a nursary closing down. It is the end of May, was thinking I would plant out in the flower garden, such a beautiful plant. You mentioned not to let fruit in the 1st year, do I just cut them back or dead head them. We get light frosts am I better planting in a shade house. This is my first attempt at growing artichokes.
23 Apr 19, Maria Agenbag (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi. I'm in the Barossa where we have really hot summers up to 45c in Feb and really cold winters. I want to plant seeds I got hold of. When would you suggest I do that. I do have a small green house. Should I use that and when. Thank you so much Maria
30 Jan 19, Gary Sant (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Mike. I just planted an artichoke seedling. Found it at Bunnings. I read it will take about a year to bear fruit. Fingers crossed.
31 Jan 19, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Might need some looking after in this heat. Good luck!
01 Nov 18, Gary Sant (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I had an artichoke plant last year which produced a few fruit. The plant disappeared at the end of the season. Will it sprout out of the ground again this year? I hope so.
01 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It sounds like it died. Did you have frosts in winter. Read the notes here and maybe a bit of research on the net. I would plant another couple subject to your weather conditions.
07 Nov 18, Gary Sant (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Thanks Mike. No frosts were I live in Sydney. But I think you are right and it died. ☹️
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
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