How to Grow:
Artichokes can be planted indoors 8 weeks before your last spring frost and outdoors 3-4 weeks before your last spring frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.
Artichoke seeds are planted 1/2 inch deep, 1 per 2 square feet, in the full sun to part shade. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Artichokes will sprout approximately 10-21 days after planted with constant moisture.
Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!
Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for artichokes:
Artichokes will be ready to harvest within about 21-26 weeks. Artichokes are ready to harvest when they are approximately 3 inches in diameter and are still firm. Just simply cut the stem below the bud to collect your artichoke. They will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.