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Artichoke Planting Guide

Who would have thought that a thistle could be so delicious? Artichokes are amazing plants with gray-green foliage so striking that you can even tuck them in among your ornamental plants. The large, round flower buds open into lovely lavender thistles if you leave them unharvested—but then you’d miss out on the delicious flavor of the succulent petals and hearts. Artichokes thrive as perennials in the warm climates of zones 8–10. But don’t worry—you can still enjoy homegrown Artichokes in cooler climates, where they can be grown as annuals. Keep reading to find out how to grow and harvest these tasty buds!

Note: In areas where Artichokes are grown as perennials, some varieties may not produce buds the first year, but will start bearing in the second year.

Success Snapshot

PLANTING
DEPTH

Pre-Potted; At Soil Line

WATER
QUANTITY

Moderate

SUNLIGHT
QUANTITY

Full Sun; Afternoon shade in hot climates.

PLANTING
PROXIMITY

3 ft.

BLOOM
SEASON

Harvest Artichokes around 4.5 inches diameter for best results.

HARDINESS
ZONES

Zones 8-10 (Perennial); 7 & below (Annual).