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Growing Artichokes (Globe)

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

15 Nov 18, Wendy (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I would love the pickling recipe too using olive oil. thanks
15 Nov 18, Mike (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Research it on the internet - google.
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!
05 Apr 18, Denise Gibson (New Zealand - temperate climate)
We have some artichoke plants which I grew from seed and we had a few fruits last season. There are a few off shoots on all of the plants and I would like to know what time of the year I could divide my plants. Another question: Two of the plants did not have fruit as such and the plant itself was very thorny and the fruit was so thorny that you could not touch them. Do they have male and female plants? Thank you very much.
15 Nov 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I suggest you look up google about growing and pollination etc.
17 Jan 18, Helen (USA - Zone 10a climate)
I live on a sand ridge on the east coast, zone 10a. Can I grow artichokes/horseradish in my sand? Will I have any better luck in pots?
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