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    I've done a quick search of the forum but can't find what I'm after.

    I have some globe artichoke seeds and need some advice on a few points.


    1. Will I get any artichokes in the first year?

    2. How do I protect them in winter?

    3. How many years do they produce for?



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    Hi LinnetLegs - I'm no expert but as far as I know
    1) Possibly not - I'm growing mine from a sideshoot which is 2ft tall already and I'm not expecting anything this year
    2) If they are growing well, they won't need protection - mine have come through the worst winter in years
    3) They keep going for ages but get absolutely huge so you may want to propagate from sideshoots and chuck the big one away.
    I hope this helps - and also an expert comes along to correct me!
    In the meantime here is a piccie of the flower head (sorry couldn't resist)
    Whooops - now what are the dogs getting up to?

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    Thanks for that - I was just thinking our recent cold winters would kill them. Also, I am prepared to wait a year for them if need be
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    Quote Originally Posted by LinnetLegs View Post
    Thanks for that - I was just thinking our recent cold winters would kill them. Also, I am prepared to wait a year for them if need be
    Hi LL,
    According to Monty Don you are best removing any flower heads that form in the first year of cultivation as it lets the plant put it's energy into establishing a good root system.
    A bit of protection from the worst of frost is a good ides, though. My yearling arties came through the winter of 2008 just fine (unprotected - and in POTS!), but the snows we had recently has done considerable damage to at least one of my established plants. I shut the door after the horse had bolted and mulched over with a thick pile of compost and am hopong that all is not lost below the ground.
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    I got several small artichokes last year from my plants which I sowed last february .
    I have read that they don't like to be too wet over winter, and are meant to be protected with a thick layer of mulch. I was a bit late doing this, and they suffered one period of hard frosts and snow before I was able to get down to the lottie to protect them. One plant (out of three) looked pretty miserable , and I haven't been back since the nicer weather appeared to see if any of them have survived .
    Apparently they are best being replaced every three or four years with offshoots from the older plants. Don't yet know from experience if this is really necessary .

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    thanks again.

    I will let you know how I get on. (Probably be back for more advice)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creemteez View Post
    According to Monty Don you are best removing any flower heads that form in the first year of cultivation as it lets the plant put it's energy into establishing a good root system.
    Surely that's what you do to harvest them anyway?

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    Maypril...
    I think it means to remove the flower right from the start instead of letting it mature for harvest. Without the flower there the plant has nothing to do but grow.

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