Artichokes have a definite preference for a long frost-free season with damp weather. They will be damaged by heavy frost or snow, and in areas where the temperature goes below freezing, they need special care and mulching. Artichokes are grown from offshoots, suckers, or seed. For best results, start with offshoots or suckers from a reputable nursery or garden center. Plants grown from seed vary tremendously in quality.
Globe artichokes prefer
a frost-free season.
Harvesting Globe Artichokes
Timing from planting to harvest is 50 to 100 days for plants grown from suckers. The first buds will take at least a year to form when they are grown from seed. To harvest, cut off the bud with 1 to 11/2 inches of stem before the bud begins to open.
Types of Globe Artichokes
There are two main varieties of globe artichokes.
- Green Globe is the best variety; it has 4-inch-large round buds.
- Imperial Star is mild and prolific.
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