Artichoke

Artichoke

Also known as the Globe Artichoke, it is an enormous perennial thistle originating in southern Europe. It grows to 1.5–2 m tall, with arching, deeply lobed, silvery glaucous green leaves. The flowers develop in a large head from an edible bud with numerous triangular scales; the individual florets are purple. The edible portion of the buds consists primarily of the fleshy lower portions of the bracts and the base, known as the "heart"; the mass of immature florets in the centre of the bud is called the "choke". These are inedible in older larger flowers.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Globe artichokes prefer sunny positions but temperatures that are not too high.

    Mild temperature climates and sheltered positions are ideal.

    The Artichoke does best in fertile soil with manure well mixed in.

    Plants will need to be watered regularly. Keep new plants moist until properly established.

    Ensure that your artichoke is not exposed to waterlogged soils as this can cause fungi and rot.

    Keep weed free, particularly during early growth.

    The plant does not tolerate frost or strong winds.

    It is best to grow artichokes from ‘offsets’, which are new side shoots or suckers cut from a plant that is already established. It is quite possible to grow artichokes from seed but the process appears to be a ‘hit and miss’ in terms of success.

    If you are planting side shoots or ‘offsets’, it is best to plant in spring or autumn. If you are growing from seed, sow in spring and plant them out in early summer.

    Space plants 18 inches apart in the row, with rows 2-3 feet apart.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Planting 

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1½ cups (300g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 3kg/10m row

    Comments: Place the fertiliser to the side of the plant and irrigate into the soil.

     

    Stage: Side Dress 

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 2 cups (400g)/m²

    Commercial Use: 4kg/10m row

    Comments: Apply side dressing every four weeks, beginning four weeks after transplanting to encourage sustained and rapid plant growth. 

Disclaimer

Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.