Re: [gardeners] Artichokes

Margaret Lauterbach (
Sat, 17 Jan 1998 14:08:12 -0700

At 09:42 AM 1/17/98 +0000, you wrote:
> <> 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.
Well, where do you get roots then?  I've never seen them available.

If ou're going to do an edible ornamental garden, you've got to do okra.
Beautiful blossoms.  Margaret