The Q&A Archives: Growing Artichokes

Question: I have taken the seeds and put them in moss for 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Now I am planting them in small containers. It says when ready to plant outside you need a spot as large as 6 x 8 ft. for one plant. What type of information do you have on Artichoke's? Are there many to one plant?

Answer: Now that you've started the seeds, you can expect the seedlings to emerge in about two weeks. Artichoke plants are bushy, with many leaves and several flowering stems. The choke that you harvest will be the unopened flower bud.

Artichoke plants grow best in average garden soil, regular water and full sunshine. You've chosen a difficult plant to grow, however. Globe Artichokes (Cynara scolymus L.) do best in a frost-free area with cool, foggy summers. We do not have these conditions in Florida, but some artichokes are grown here.

Give your new plants at least 2' of elbow room on all sides when you plant them in the garden, give them lots of sunshine and water regularly. You may get artichokes this summer.

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