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Posted by tcahalan z6b TN (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 27, 10 at 12:16

Me again - I was wondering - Is anyone growing artichokes in Middle Tennessee? I'm thinking of trying them next year, and was curious how successful I might be. I don't know alot about them, but I understand that 'Imperial Star' is a variety that should set buds the first year, even if they don't end up being hardy for me. And 'Northern Star' is a variety that is more cold-weather hardy. I'm planning on placing them up against the south-west side of my house, so maybe they could survive our winters? I am in Franklin, south of Nashville. Also, any recommendations on sources for starts? thanks! Tina

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RE: artichokes

  • Posted by brandon7 6b (like 7b now) TN (My Page) on
    Tue, Sep 28, 10 at 0:59

I think you have all the facts exactly correct, and I think, with the right conditions, the chances of some of the cold-hardier cultivars surviving your winters and doing well is very very good. One thing I'd add is to be sure to give them good drainage. Maybe plant them in a slightly raised bed if you don't have really good drainage.

There are many sources for mail-ordering artichoke seeds (most vegetable seed catalogs). I've seen the plants offered, but I'm not sure where right off the top of my head.

RE: artichokes

I'm in Nashville and starting artichokes this year. I have them in a south-facing raised bed that is usually covered with plastic during the winter.

I was curious about how yours are doing, tcalahan.

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