The Q&A Archives: Can Artichokes Grow in Southern Delaware

Question: Are globe artichokes perennial in some areas? I'm trying to figure out how well they grow in my area (Southern Delaware - Maryland Eastern Shore).

Answer: Globe artichokes, such as Burpee's 'Imperial Star Hybrid' are bred to produce the first year (in 95 days from transplant) in most any region. Most artichokes produced commercially (in Coastal California) are planted in fall and harvested the following spring, and another crop is harvested in fall. Artichokes enjoy moderate temperatures that don't flucutate much, so the moderating influence of the ocean should help you produce a healthy crop. The plants won't stand frost though, so you'll need to replant each year.

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