The Q&A Archives: Artichoke Growing

Question: Can I grow artichokes in zone 7? If so, how?

Answer: The problem with growing Artichokes in your climate is that they don't really yield until the second year. They are normally grown as perennials in Zones 8-9. They can be grown in Zones 5-7 but they need really SPECIAL winter protection. They would need to be cut back in late fall and protected over the winter with an inverted basket or box and a deep mulch.

Soil must be rich, well drained and of near-neutral pH. Seeds should be started indoors and transplanted in late spring when the soil is thoroughly warmed. Seedlings should be planted about 2 feet apart in the row and about 3 feet between rows. They need lots of compost or manure. They also require deep watering.

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