Artichokes worth the space?

gama_garden_tx(9)March 26, 2013

I've put in a test area with purple artichokes, but am concerned they may become an invasive weed in my climate. Does anyone grow artichokes, and are they worth it? Do you have high sales and/or profit margin with them and how much space did you dedicate to them? I'd like to get some feedback while they are still young enough to remove somewhat easily. Thanks.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have been growing Imperial Star here in S. Louisiana for several years. I get $3 ea. for full size fruit. Blooming chokes go for $5+ ea. The small secondarys are sold as baby chokes for $4 per quart basket. Occasionally, I will sell branches with several blooming fruit for up to $20.
Definitely worth the space!
I treat them as an annual by planting seed in September, transplanting to field in November and plowing under old plants in invasive problems.
Good Luck!


This post was edited by budb on Tue, Mar 26, 13 at 16:58

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 4:51PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Not in my area. I tried them but they didn't survive enough even to transplant. DIL loves them is the reason we tried.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2013 at 5:50PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Mark(Oregon, Zone 8)

Here in Oregon our climate is ok, but not great for artichokes.
I keep about 75 plants growing, some replanted every year due to mice eating the roots in the winter. I bring a small box to market each week, selling maybe $20-30 worth. I also eat a lot of them.

The only reason I dedicate the space for them is because they grow outside the deer fence and I like eating them so much. I wouldn't bother in this climate to try to make much money from them.


    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 1:15AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

so deer don't go for artichokes?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 6:16AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Mark(Oregon, Zone 8)

Not my deer. Can't speak for

My only pests on the chokes are voles, slugs and aphids.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2013 at 9:52PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

Interesting thread. We own property far beyond the fence, and I'd love to try growing these. We have gophers and voles, and most things get planted in gopher baskets with a high tube of the same 1/2" chicken wire. The spreading form of the chokes might make that tube useless, but I'm willing to try!

In my zone, I'm thinking this might be a fall/winter planting.

Costco will miss my weekly purchase of chokes for sure!


    Bookmark   March 30, 2013 at 10:57AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Finding the right market
Other thread getting too long and going in too may...
Micro Green mix help
Lately, I've been getting demand for micro greens in...
Cash Rent for land
Quick question. I am looking for some ground to rent...
jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)
purple plants better than green in winter
this is the first full winter season for growing in...
Normally I have a restaurant that buys 150 lbs/week...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™