|Is it possible to grow Globe Artichokes as annuals in the Northeast part of the U.S.? If so, what suggestions do you have as to when to start seeds, what type of soil, etc.?|
|The problem with growing Globe Artichokes in our 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. Theywould 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.