The Q&A Archives: Cutting Back Artichokes

Question: I have an artichoke plant and did not cut it back last fall. It is now growing very large leaves. Do I leave it along or let it go and hope that it will produce this summer? Kay Hargrave Port Orchard, WA

Answer: Artichokes are perennial plants and in fact what its doing now is sending out the shoots and leaves for this spring. It'll probably produce buds soon after, so don't cut it back unless some of the leaves are diseased. Give it a boost with some fertilizer such as 5-10-10 or compost and lots of sunshine and you'll be eating "chokes" before long.

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