First year artichokes are small & few in number but can still be suitable for harvest. Higher quality artichokes develop in the second and third years – therein lies the gardener’s greatest challenge. Artichokes will not survive winter in most areas of Canada! We suggest digging up and overwintering dormant roots in a cool area indoors if you do want to try for a second year harvest.
"Green Globe" has deep green buds with a slight purple tinge.
The artichoke flowers are best harvested when 5-9 cm (2.5-4") in diameter.
The fleshy base of the flower scales and the firm centre are the edible portions.
Plants can reach 1.5m (4.5’) in height in one year.
Artichoke is a tender perennial hardy from zone 7 up.
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