Growing Artichokes (Globe)

Cynara scolymus : Asteraceae / the daisy family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec

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

  • S = Plant undercover in seed trays
  • T = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • 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

Your comments and tips

23 Jul 12, Barb (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Denise, Sounds like the sun is too strong, so despite good soil moisture the plant is not able to suck water up fast enough - so the plant is closing its stomata to protect itself until the temperature drops. If you cover them with a bit of shade cloth in the heat of the day the plants should be fine.
11 Apr 12, irene (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
are artichokes roots a bad spreader,my friend has one that is so large,and growing close to her pool,as ie worried about its roots
14 May 12, vic (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi, we live in a cool climate. can you please give some practical tips on frost protection.
20 Jun 12, Tiaan Crous (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Hi. I want to start farming with Artichokes. I have 2 ha available sandy soil with irrigation and proteced against the wind. Can you please advise me on were to start? Regards Tiaan
14 Jul 12, Helena (Australia - temperate climate)
I Live in WA and have had the same problem, I have lost 6 plants that were purchased in small pots. I had planted 3 in the back garden and 3 in rhe front garden, slowly each one died. I have since purchased another plant and have decided to pot it on as opposed to planting it in the garden, it appears to be doing rather well, with regular watering of fish emulsion.
01 Sep 12, Danielle (Australia - temperate climate)
I have 3 plants in a pot that are ready to plant in the Swansea, Newcastle area. The soil is sandy but it does get hot in Summer. As I'm of French origin, I can't wait to to harvest my own artichokes but would it be better to replant them in very large pots?
05 Jun 13, stella hebden (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted a number of globe artichokes last year, they died down over summer, but are now (early June) looking really healthy. My question is: I have one that is quite different to the others, - they were all the same last year, this one has softer, less spiky leaves, and has a flower forming at the beginning of winter, whereas the regular ones haven't, and I wouldn't expect them to. I have searched images, and it looks like one of the 'improved hybrid' varieties. So... what may have happened? How do I know if it is edible? TIA!!
13 Oct 13, debbie zulu (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
We are btween Parys and Potchefstroom by the ANC farms we are growing ARTICHOKES. My question is, how much water do we need to becouse at time I fell we put to much or to less sometimes we dont please advise me on how to water and treat this lovely plant?
29 Oct 13, debbie zulu (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
We have started picking our artichokes and I would like to know how long will one bush a take until it can give seeds? Regards Debbie...
15 Jun 14, Thembeka (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hi!my name is thembeka frm limpopo i love cooking but im looking for adichokes and dnt knw where to buy them bt now tht ive found u on internet please help out
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