Artichokes are a vegetable in the thistle family.  They generally grow between 4’6″ and 6.6″ tall.

Growing Advice

You need lots of space for each artichoke plant, at least 4 feet space is recommended. They are heavy feeders to it is important to add manaure or compost when planting. They need plenty of water.

Companion Planting

Pests & Diseases

Artichokes don’t suffer from many diseases or pest attacks. The most common pests are snails and slugs which are fairly easy to control.

Seed Saving

When you let an artichoke go to seed, it is easy to cross-contaminate varieties, so if you need to save pure seed (such as for selling) you should only let one go to seed. When the flowers go brown and brittle remove the flowers and allow to dry in a box or paper bag for about a month.   They can also be obtained through root cuttings and division.

Heirloom Varieties

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