Start artichoke from seed now?

jlgarden(8)August 4, 2011

Is it too late to start seeds now or should I wait until winter and start seeds indoor? Will artichokes do well in central Texas?

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ogrose_tx

Wow. I would LOVE to grow artichokes, but didn't know if they would grow well here. We grew them in Las Gatos California, but weather there was so much milder.

Let me know what you find out...

    Bookmark   August 6, 2011 at 8:07PM
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merrybookwyrm

This is what I've found so far about growing artichokes in Texas. It looks like you might be able to do it very well in fall and winter in Austin, especially if you had something to cover the plants should it get too cold. Maybe you could plant them in big pots, and bring them inside should it get too cold?

http://southwestfarmpress.com/can-artichokes-bring-new-heart-texas-agriculture

Please note, I have NO practical experience growing artichokes.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2011 at 8:33PM
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jlgarden(8)

Thank you for the response and the link.
I should get my seeds this week and give it a try. From what I have read, artichoke will come back in spring if I give it good mulching and prevent the root from frozen.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2011 at 6:51PM
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breezeaire_hotmail_com

I just got mine in today, imperial star. I have grown them for about 6 plus yrs now. This is a good time to start your seeds, indoors, unless your a/c is out.

For me they overwinter nicely and usually get first choke in March. They can handle cold temps but should be protected some for hard freezes. I grow mine in front yard, they make nice landscape plants.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2011 at 6:53PM
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breezeaire

Oops I did not mean to post with my email address, hope that post can be deleted by a MOD. I will repost here.

I just got mine in today, imperial star. I have grown them for about 6 plus yrs now. This is a good time to start your seeds, indoors, unless your a/c is out.
For me they overwinter nicely and usually get first choke in March. They can handle cold temps but should be protected some for hard freezes. I grow mine in front yard, they make nice landscape plants.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2011 at 7:14PM
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jlgarden(8)

breezeaire - Do you meant I should not start seeds outdoor under this 100F temp? I stared my 2 days ago in 5 (qt size) yogurt cups under a tree. This morning I found squirrel had dug in 4 of the 5 cups. I reseeded and keep them inside the garage. I thought the seeds do not need sun light until sprout. The garage is also very hot both day and night.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2011 at 10:17PM
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breezeaire

jlgarden, I read they need to germinate around 70ð by the way not one of mine has germinated yet, house temp is around 75ð.
I might try using my mushroom growing cooler to keep temp right. Hope my seeds are ok.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2011 at 10:41AM
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jlgarden(8)

They did germinate fine out side 100F+. My outdoor papayas seeds are also germinated under this heat.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2011 at 12:48AM
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breezeaire

Hey Thanks for letting me know that, none of my others would sprout during august outside but they also were not store bought. I will try some outside and some in a oooler to see. The ones inside sprouted on day 14. In any case they are great when grown in winter. They don't need lots of cold protection but last winter was just too cold so I will cover mine this winter. Good luck with yours.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2011 at 6:46PM
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