Artichokes In Illinois - Knowledgebase Question

Pana, IL
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Question by Moose1
May 13, 1999
How can I get artichokes to over winter in central Illinois? I have tried everthing from covering them with straw or buckets to putting them in a shed after the first hard frost. Nothing seems to work.

Answer from NGA
May 13, 1999
Artichokes grow best in the moist, humid, temperate climates of California and Florida, where they are perennial plants. In other regions they are often grown as annuals. If you'd like to try to overwinter them, dig the roots in the fall, brush off the soil, and cut the stems 2" - 3" above the crowns. Then store the roots in a mesh bag in a cool but frost-free place. Replant in the spring.

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