2nd year artichoke plant - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by georgeareid
October 28, 2010
Artichoke plant just came back from it's summer rest. How can I maximize good size yields this year? Also how long can a artichoke plant live and provide yields?

Answer from NGA
October 28, 2010
Artichokes will develop more and more 'chokes as the plant matures. On a young plant you may only get two or three 'chokes but on a 3-5 year old plant you can get dozens and dozens. Just provide some afternoon shade beginning in about mid-April and your plant will develop healthy and large artichokes. Lots of water is required, as well, so water deeply every 2-3 days as the 'chokes begin to develop. You can dig and divide your plant when it is 3-4 years old. If left alone, an artichoke plant will slow or stop production when it is about 7 years of age. Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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