Artichoke (Globe) Growing Guide

Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus

Artichoke (Globe)

Crop Rotation Group

Brassicas (Cabbage family) 


Rich, well drained, with plenty of compost added.


Full sun or partial afternoon shade.

Frost tolerant

Yes, survives mild frosts, can protect with straw or fleece.


Can apply weekly liquid feed in summer if necessary.


Single Plants: 90cm (2' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 90cm (2' 11") with 90cm (2' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Best raised from buying or splitting off shoots which arise from the roots of mature plants.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Need plenty of water so they benefit from having a layer of mulch such as well rotted compost around them to retain moisture.


Use a sharp knife to cut the heads (flower buds) with 2 inches of stem attached while they are still closed or justly slightly opening.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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