Re: [gardeners] Artichokes

Liz Albrook (
Sat, 17 Jan 1998 09:42:54 +0000 <> wrote:

> Either that, or I am trying to talk myself into thinking
> that a soil pH of 7.8 is really not so horrible if I end up moving
> here to live year round!
> Suggestions, admonitions, warnings, and advice appreciated.

Don't move there.

I'd give them a whirl.  They grow artichokes in Arizona (see Deborah 
Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone) so they should have some 
heat tolerant varieties.  I know there is one that is grown in S. 
Louisiana called "Creole".  My guess is that her problem is going to 
be winter temperatures.  Below 20F and they begin to die off.

Also, artichokes from seed are like doing mint or lavender from seed 
-- they don't come true.  That's the reason most folks start with 
root divisions.  And if artichokes turn out to be an annual for her 
she's got a better chance of getting something edible if she starts 
with roots.

I've been thinking about trying them as a plant in an edible 
ornamental garden.