How to Grow Globe Artichoke Plants
Artichokes or "chokes" as they are commonly called, are a member of the thistle
family. Artichokes are considered a sensuous vegetable, and the vegetable
of the gods. It is believed to be loved by the Greek god Zeus. It is also
a favorite of aristocrats and affluent members of society, dating back thousands
The Artichokes we eat, are the immature flower bud of the artichoke plant.
This tender, young bud is called the "Artichoke heart".
Artichoke hearts can be eaten raw or cooked. They are most often steamed.
The heart, or center of the bud, is eaten along with small, tender outer
leaves. The stem is also edible, and best cut an inch or so below the bud.
Did you know? Artichokes are grown commercially in the U.S., almost
exclusively in California. While it is grown by home gardeners, it is not
a common home garden crop. It is also grown around the world.
Varieties of Artichokes:
There are dozens of varieties of Artichoke grown around the world, but only
a couple common garden varieties.
Globe Artichokes are grown for their edible flower. Another Artichoke,
Jerusalem Artichokes are grown as a tuber, like
How to Grow Artichokes:
Artichoke plants are perennials. Importantly, they will rarely produce flowers
the first year. Make sure to plant them where the bed will not be disturbed.
Sow seeds one inch deep, spaced 5-6 inches apart. Rows should be spaced 5-6
feet apart. Thin plants to two 2/12 feet apart.
Insects and Pests:
Slugs like the young shoots, and are especially a problem in wet weather.
Aphids like to suck on the flower buds and stems as they are developing.
Blight on the petals of the flower can occur. Treat with fungicide early.
Days to Harvest: 180 - 365
Harvest Artichoke buds just before the bud begins to open. Cut the main bud
a few inches below the bud. Smaller secondary buds will form later, and can
also be harvested.
Plan ahead. It can take an artichoke plant one to two years before it produces
it's first bud.
Unharvested buds will produce big, beautiful flowers. If you miss the harvest,
the garden will look pretty.
Artichoke plants need a long growing season, and mild weather areas. Winter
protection requires applying a thick layer of mulch in colder regions. We
don't recommend growing them in northern climates, as the season is
Recipes: May we suggest:
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