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pebble
Bodrum
Turkey
(Zone 10a)

May 26, 2002
4:15 AM

Post #30521

I got two artichoke plants last year for ten cents each, they were pretty pathetic looking. But look at them now...and, I did manage to get one artichoke each from these plants.

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Peter63

May 26, 2002
1:07 PM

Post #268545

Nice healthy looking plant pebble.


Peter.
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

June 5, 2002
12:15 PM

Post #275041

Yesterday I bought 2 artichoke plants. They were in gallon pots so they are sizeable plants already. One of them had a smaller plant next to the big one so I really got 3. This is my first try to raise them, does anybody have any growing tips? How many buds will I get if they do well? Do all the buds form pretty much at once, or will I get an extended harvest if I keep them picked (and eaten!) as they form?
pebble
Bodrum
Turkey
(Zone 10a)

June 5, 2002
3:10 PM

Post #275152

Mary, Last year I got one artichoke from each plant, but I got mine in 4" pots, your plant is probably already a couple of years old, and you should get more.
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

June 8, 2002
4:04 AM

Post #276976

Artichokes are biannuals I understand, and I've read that you can fool the plant into thinking it is older than it is. I want to start some seeds in the fall, let them grow about 6 weeks, "winter" them in the referigerator and wake them up the following spring. The plant is then supposed to "think" that it is on it's 2nd summer and start making buds. They wouldn't survive the winter here even with a good mulch. Cool idea, huh?
pebble
Bodrum
Turkey
(Zone 10a)

June 8, 2002
6:16 PM

Post #277187

hmmm I don't see why it wouldnt work...give it a try and let us know in about 6-8 months?
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2002
10:10 PM

Post #290249

Update. My plants have buds! One plant has just one bud so far but the other one has several, the bud in the center is about 3 inches in diameter and there are several small ones beside and below it. Oh boy, it won't be long until we get to eat!
pebble
Bodrum
Turkey
(Zone 10a)

June 25, 2002
10:19 PM

Post #290259

THE ONES YOU STARTED FROM SEED????
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


June 27, 2002
5:46 AM

Post #291342

The only artichokes I start up here are the Imperial Star. They set fruit the first year, and that's important, since they won't winter over. I got some fruit one warm summer, but I think they'd do better in my greenhouse.
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

June 28, 2002
2:01 PM

Post #292100

No, I haven't done the seed thing yet, these are on the ones I bought. I had no idea I would see buds so soon! Thanks Weez for the info on Imperial Star, I'll try those. When do you start them? No artificial winter?
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


June 29, 2002
6:39 AM

Post #292528

I think I started mine in the basement under lights in February. They need a fairly early start.
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

June 29, 2002
2:00 PM

Post #292613

Thanks Weez, do you grow any of them to sell? They would be pretty exotic up where you live. I wonder if they could be planted outside pretty early in the spring about pea planting time)with a tire around them for protection and a piece of plexiglas for a roof?
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


June 30, 2002
1:15 AM

Post #292973

MaryE: I haven't grown them to sell, since they take so long, and the seeds are fairly expensive and don't always germinate. However, I have a friend that grows them outdoors every year, so I start some for her. I don't think we could start these outdoors. They need to be fairly well developed before we put them out, and that would be after June 1 when the frost danger is past. Using a coldframe is one way to keep them going, and that's more or less what your suggestion of plexiglass suggestion does.
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

July 11, 2002
5:33 AM

Post #299848

We ate our first 2 artichokes tonight, they were very good and mild flavored, milder than any I ever bought. It must be the lack of chemicals that made the difference. i picked them when the bud looked like it wanted to open but that might have been just a little too soon. I think my mouth watered every time I walked past them. There are a few more buds growing, the largest ones are golf ball size so it will be a while, but with these 100* days they should grow fast if I can keep them watered.
Weezingreens
Seward, AK
(Zone 3b)


July 12, 2002
4:20 AM

Post #300638

I'm so jealous, MaryE... nothing like a fresh artichoke! My plants are in the greenhouse, and still woefully small. It's a chilly summer here, so I don't know if I'll see a single artichoke before first freeze in the fall.
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

August 3, 2002
4:14 AM

Post #318382

We got a total of 6 artichokes off 2 plants. The last 4 were smaller and not quite as mild flavored as the first 2 which were on the central stalks. The 3rd plant, which was a much smaller plant growing in the same pot with one of the bigger ones, hasn't got any sign of a seed stalk. It might be a younger plant, and I think I will lift it and plant it in a big pot for winter in the basement, let it go dormant, and replant it next spring if it doesn't make a seed stalk this year.
pebble
Bodrum
Turkey
(Zone 10a)

August 3, 2002
7:53 PM

Post #318743

I let one go to seed - or rather, I let it open up completely, what absolutely stunning purple flowers...like silk!
MaryE
Baker City, OR
(Zone 5b)

August 7, 2002
1:31 AM

Post #321021

Save those seeds Pebble. Start them like Weezy says and see what happens.
pebble
Bodrum
Turkey
(Zone 10a)

August 7, 2002
2:02 AM

Post #321035

ok mary, I will. I want to take a photo of it and post it, it is so pretty

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