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Globe Artichokes, to cut or not to cut?

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I have globe artichokes grown from seed last year and grew to about a foot high (no flowers) in the season. They've survived over winter without cover and now about 2-3 ft high, looking healthy and growing well.

I know that in their first year you have to cut off any flowers to get good harvests in subsequent years, my question is as this is technically their second can I harvest, or should I leave it another year as they were never big enough to flower in their first year?

Any advice welcome :)



Globe artichokes are short lived perennials, about 3 yrs for good results. I would suggest harvesting some of the flower heads this year, then next year you can let some go to seed to propagate some more.

15 Jun, 2012

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