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Growing Artichokes (Globe)

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(Best months for growing Artichokes (Globe) in New Zealand - cool/mountain 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 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

26 Sep 19, Janelle O'Shannessy (Australia - tropical climate)
Can you please advise if there is any type of artichoke that will grow in the tropics at all...Thank you
26 Sep 19, Jacob Hoekstra (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi there, we are in the Geelong Victoria area and have been growing Jerusalem Artichokes for years. They just about grow anywhere as far as I know, but once you plant them they are hard to get rid of. They look like ginger and I only harvest them when I feel like it or my wife wants to make delicious Jerusalem Artichoke soup, or use the slices on pizza. The stems/plants grow very tall and you know when ready when the stems die down. Dig through the soil and you'll find a good crop.
26 Sep 19, Anon (Australia - tropical climate)
Ring up some seed selling company like Diggers Club and ask them. It does say plant in mid autumn into winter.
14 Aug 19, Kerstin (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
We have some lovage plants what are compatible with this plant? thank's Kerstin
02 Jul 19, Daila (Australia - temperate climate)
I just wanted to let you know that in Sydney, NSW it doesnt matter where I buy globe artichokes from they are as tough and dry and clearly picked too late, because by the time i gets to retail - you can forget about it. I cant tell you how much money I have spent and then the globe ends up in the bin - at $2.99 - $3.50 a single globe, ill let you do the math. Im Italian and there are at least 20 different ways I cook with them and because I know they have such a short shelf life, I keep hoping that Ill be rewarded, so i keep buying them - and throwing them away. Can you please pass onto the growers (if you know who they are) that if they pick the globes when they fully grown - its too late. So the retailers wont be able to sell them, we wont buy them anymore and all that hard work goes to waste - as does the crop at the markets. You already have half the population who have no idea how to cook them - why treat this little gem with such disrespect??? I dont get it. We are so lucky in Oz we can get ANY type of fruit or veg at any time of the year, but we cant get the globe artichoke right. Ever noticed why they are NEVER featured on any cooking show? MKR - Masterchef - funny that. I know for a fact that they are really difficult to grow, but it would be nice to be able to enjoy them when they are in season... and i would pay more if only i knew I could get a tender one (regardless of how good it looks on the outside). Thanks for listening - i tried searching growers on social media to gripe - but had no luck. Cheers
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
09 Mar 19, Carol Ball (USA - Zone 10a climate)
Hi I am very new to vegetable growing and want to try companion planting for my vegetables. However, I don't know what an acceptable distance is for companion planting. I do not have a large plot for me veg, any advice please?
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!
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Might need some looking after in this heat. Good luck!

- Mike

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