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How to Grow Artichoke | Guide to Growing Artichoke

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How to Grow Artichoke | Guide to Growing Artichoke  

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Though the culinary applications of this bulbous vegetable are well known, Artichoke has enjoyed a long tradition of medicinal use extending back to the early Greek cultures. Even today the healing virtues of Artichoke remain relatively obscure. The strong bitter qualities of artichoke leaf are said to enhance digestion by stimulating the release of bile from the liver, potentially providing a safe and natural remedy to elevated serum cholesterol levels.

 
   
 

Perennial (zones 7-11)

14 - 21 days

2 years

Moist, rich but well-drained

Full sun

Leaf, Flowering bud

36 - 48” apart

6 - 18 months

Growing Guide
GROWING NOTES
Artichoke grows in clumps, and can reach heights of 5 feet or more. The flowering buds will develop throughout the summer and come to maturity in fall.

 

Artichoke can be sensitive to heat and light, so select a location with partial shade if growing in zones 8 or higher. Prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil.

MAINTAINING
Artichokes can be direct sown late in the year if growing as a perennial, or indoors 8 weeks prior to the last frost if growing as an annual in cooler climates (zones 5 or 6). For the plants to produce flowers in such climates, they will need several hundred hours of temperatures below 50 degrees F, so try to time your transplant after the last frost but before spring temperatures begin to escalate. Transplant once the seeds are at least a few inches tall and have their first true leaves. The seeds are relatively large, relative to other herbs, and are best sown 3/8” or so beneath the surface of the soil, or slightly deeper if direct sowing outdoors.
 

 
   
 

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Harvesting Guide
HARVESTING
Leaves can be harvested any time during growing season, just be cautious not to over-harvest. Flowering buds can be collected late in the year before they begin to ‘open’ and have reached their maximum size.

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