Re: [gardeners] overwintering artichokes

David G. Smith (
Thu, 12 Oct 2000 21:06:57 -0400

I tried keeping some in the ground last winter with mulch; two made it, I
think there were six.  We're on the warm side of zone 6.  The year before we
had an exceptionally warm winter and I think all but one made it.  I also
kept one in the basement in a gallon pot that winter, too; it made a really
ugly houseplant but survived.

I should add that they never did very well here any time of year.  Maybe
stronger plants would get through the winter better.


----- Original Message -----
From: W. Arons <>
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Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2000 2:52 PM
Subject: [gardeners] overwintering artichokes

> 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
> 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
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Wendy