The Q&A Archives: Indoor Artichokes

Question: We love artichokes and Houston is not the climate for growing them outdoors. We have a sunroom with a lot of windows. Would it be possible to grow them indoors? What type do you suggest we grow? What soil mix, temperature, fertilizer, and other TLC advice do you have? We want to make our artichokes feel right at home so they don't die California Dreamin'. S. Sedwick Houston, TX

Answer: I have not heard of artichokes being brought to a harvestable stage indoors, but it's worth a try! Try to mimic as closely as possible the conditions under which artichokes flourish in California--they like mild winters, and cool, moist summers. They like a rich, well-drained soil, so add plenty of rotted manure or compost to your planting mix. During the hottest, sunniest part of the day, try to give the plants partial shade, and water frequently. You can try the 'Imperial Star' artichoke which supposidly flowers in the first year after seeding. .

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