[gardeners] overwintering artichokes

W. Arons (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Thu, 12 Oct 2000 13:52:10 -0500

Hi, this is my first posting to the list, with a crucial question:  has
anyone had success overwintering artichoke plants in Zone 5 (I'm in
Northern Indiana)? I moved here from southern California last year, and am
new at midwestern gardening--should I cut the plant back and mulch and hope
for the best, or would I be better off saving the root and replanting in
the spring?  And:  how do you save a root cutting from an artichoke?  Do
you just dig the thing up, do you need to divide it, how do you store
it????  I'm totally ignorant on this:  I used to grow artichokes from roots
I bought at the nursery in California, but this year I started a couple of
plants from seed, and only one survived our dry summer, and it didn't bear
any fruit...I'd like to get some fruit next year w/out having to grow the
plant from seed (seems to take too long)  ANY advice, suggestions,
expertise would be much appreciated.