Green Globe Artichoke
- Sun: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Harvest Size: 2 to 5 inches
- Days to Harvest: 120
- Plant Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide
Artichoke adds as much flair to the garden as to the table—the plant itself is beautiful! Green globe is an heirloom variety with big, bold leaves. As plants grow they develop a big stem in the center that is topped with large, bright green, globe-shaped "choke," or fleshy flower buds, which are the part you eat.
Artichokes love a mild climate and long growing season, but will grow almost anywhere the growing season lasts at least 4 months. Plants can live for several years in zones 8 to 9. In colder areas they are killed by freezes.
Plant spacing: 4 feet in-ground or 1 plant per container. Plants per person: 2 to 4.
Secrets to Success »
Plant in early spring when the danger of frost is past. Artichoke plants are heavy feeders and need soil with plenty of compost. Fertilize during the growing season. Overwinter plants by cutting stalks back to base and covering with an airy mulch such as straw or pine needles.
Harvest and Use »
Harvest buds in late summer when they are tight, firm, and evenly green, picking the top bud first, followed by the smaller ones that form down the sides of the plant (lateral buds). They are loaded with fiber, vitamins C and K, and antioxidants.
Try these garden companions »
- More artichokes. Where grown as a perennial, a few planted in a row makes a pretty border or hedge. In colder zones, try an artichoke plant in a large container.
- Rosemary, basil, mint, onions, and tomatoes for the basic ingredients in Italian and Greek recipes.
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Artichoke is a beautiful large plant