I planted a bare root globe artichoke in late 2006 in a half barrel. It seemed to take forever to sprout but eventually it did. It is growing pretty good now, but a few weeks ago the lower leaves started turning yellow. I thought it might be too much water, I don't add water unless the dirt appears to be fairly dry. Any ideas what it might be?
Some artichokes can get rather big (4 ft high by 4 ft wide for Green Globe) so that might play a role as to whether to give up a whole EB to one plant, eh? Or maybe you could try two and see what happens?
I wonder if people can grow them where you are (in Texas) as it gets very hot there (from what I hear about Texas, anyway!). Artichokes like fairly cool days and moderate nights; hot daytime temps will cause them to flower early and also toughen up their fibers. I grew them here years ago (NC) and got a small harvest though and thought they were delish! No complaints there but wish they had produced more! (I'm greedy, ya know!)
Maybe I should try another crop as I have two EB's and neither has been planted yet. Or perhaps you could, too, and let us know how they go (don't you have quite a few EB's now?)
I only have 10 EB's and they are all full but I could order a few more and put two per box. I thought about planting them starting fall since we have such mild winters (only two or three days or freezing temps) and on those days I can wheel the EB's in the garage. LOL all this for what...maybe 32 artichoke?