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Tips for Growing Artichokes
I don’t know about you – but I LOVE Artichokes, steamed and with a little garlic butter!
Artichokes are a relatively easy plant to grow and can grow almost anywhere in the United States. The only state in which you may have difficulty planting this vegetable is in Florida. The reason for this is because Artichokes tend to grow very well in areas that have cooler temperatures. Artichokes are able to spread themselves over a wide area. It is not uncommon for the plant to spread itself over an area of 6 feet or more.
Another important thing to remember about planting artichokes is the fact that they can grow up to 6 feet in height. In areas that are colder than Zone 8, it is best that you start with fresh new plants yearly. If you happen to live in other zones, it is possible for your artichoke plant to survive as a perrenual and grow a new crop the following year. However, in order for the plant to be able to do this, the roots need to be well covered with mulch during the cold weather.
New plants can be harvested from existing plants. All you need to do take a knife and cut off an off shoot and plant it in the ground. You can also place it in water until you see roots develop. Whether you start your artichoke plants from seedlings or a new plant, it is important to plant them once the ground is warm. Remember to space the plants at least 4 feet apart to allow them to spread.