Start Artichokes in Fall?

drippy(7bAL)June 7, 2012

I am thinking that artichokes are perennial here. My spring seeding was a failure - I am wondering if I start some in pots and transplant them in fall if that would work. The ACES planting guide doesn't cover artichokes, but DH loves them, so I'd like to grow some. Does anyone know if they can be fall planted?

Thanks in advance,

Kim

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alabamanicole(7b)

I think they are hit or miss here. I tried them one year and failed, too - roots rotted. Probably too wet. Perhaps planting later when it dries out for the summer would be better.

There is also a cultivar - Imperial Star? - that produces in one year instead of two.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2012 at 10:41PM
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topsiebeezelbub(z7 Al)

I grew up in the artichoke capital of the world, (cool foggy coastal Santa Maria, Cal.) so I have tried many times here in No. Al and failed. I don't believe they are winter hardy here and it is probably too hot as well. I can't keep them alive in a greenhouse either, yet I sill try. One year I had beautiful cardoons, a hardier cousin, but one very
cold night got them. Only 3 seeds germinated this year...but when we succeed it will be all the sweeter! Good luck.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 9:32AM
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