Does anyone know how to propagate the common artichoke that's found in the produce section of the grocery store to make a gorgeous houseplant with large purple flowers? I just heard that this could be done, I just can't figure out how!
kat, I tried to find some very specific information about this for you but couldn't. Sorry. :( I have gardening class today and I'll ask my instructor if he can tell me. I did read that artichokes grown from seeds don't always do very well and that they're better if propagated by root divisions.
BTW, if you do grow an artichoke plant and don't pick the "globe", they do open into purple flowers that are quite beautiful. I have some growing outside at my house...but I usually eat all mine, naturally. LOL
Years ago I bought a packet of seeds from Thompson & Morgan. I got 102 seeds and ended up with 99 plants. Many went into a spot that had too much shade but did I ever end up with artichokes. Spring planted 'chokes will bloom in the fall. Over-wintered plants bloom in the spring.
I could not find out how many blossoms to expect per plant but found that I got 10 to 15. For a time I had a dozen people over each weekend for all the artichokes they could eat.
When I do not cut the blossoms I get a few seedss. They keep propagating themselves.
Since the ones in the grocery store were cut before the blossom opened I doubt that you will have any luck there. Also the seedlings produced many 'chokes that have a large thorn at the tip of each leaf on the bud. I have noticed that these have fewer bugs in the blossom. Earwigs love to get between the leaves (or are they called scales?).
Kat I bought a dried artichoke flower at my local craft store. It supplied me with seed and so far it looks like more than 20 are going to grow. they are just now showing their first true leaves. I do not know if they will fruit or not but I really love the look of their leaves in the garden. I also have a couple plants that are from roots I bought. Only one bloomed last year and the humming birds fed on it so much that I doubt I ever have the heart to cut one down !
But I do not know how they will do as house plants. Let us know how it works out for you.