Growing Artichokes (Globe)

Cynara scolymus : Asteraceae / the daisy family

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

(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 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
  • Ready to harvest
  • Globe artichokes

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

02 Aug 22, Claudia De Maria -Gladstone (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Dear Sirs, I live in Gladstone and now for 2 years I was not able to buy fresh artichokes as Wollworth and Coles do not cater for them. I am Italian and I LOOOOOOVE artichokes which in Sydney I used to buy at all Italian greengrocers, but here is just a dream which is not coming true!!! Is it possible to have some artichokes here in this town?? I will buy a lot as I can also preserve them quite well...but I need them fresh!!! Is anybody answering me?? Cheers. Claudia De Maria
11 Aug 22, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
If you have a good green grocerier in Gladstone ask him/her.
02 Jul 22, Romina Spyrou (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I am south of Sydney and I was wondering what do you mean by Bring on in pots pls? I have a bit of success a few years ago then the rain came and wiped out my vegetable garden so will try again
24 Jul 21, Angela Muto (Canada - Zone 5b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
I live in Toronto Ontario can my artichoke plant survive ontario winter
27 Jul 21, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
It will probably die down in the frost, but if you leave one head to go to seed and save some, you can start new plants in the Spring.
26 Jun 21, Heidi (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have some globe artichoke seeds and have found mixed information about when to sow seeds in Brisbane, Australia (approx US 9b). Can anyone in similar zones share experience?
29 Jun 21, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You are in artichokes - Brisbane is subtropical - see www.gardenate.com/plant/Artichokes (Globe)?zone=3
10 Apr 21, Pam (USA - Zone 5b climate)
I love this site and all the very useful information you share!
09 Feb 21, Joseph Thomas (USA - Zone 9a climate)
What is the best artichoke species for Tucson Arizona zone 9?
06 Jan 21, Judy (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I planted my artichokes in the wrong place. Can I transplant them at the end of winter while they are dormant? I planted them in Nov 2020
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You are in artichokes - Brisbane is subtropical - see www.gardenate.com/plant/Artichokes (Globe)?zone=3

- Anon

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