Artichoke in Flower!

Ultraviolet alert! Wow! I have 4 globe artichoke plants and this one went to flower. The artichoke was developing quite slowly so I wondered what was up.  I guess I got my answer!

I have enjoyed a few artichokes so far. The leaves have streaks of violet in them but are not fully violet and the leaves grow outward as they mature, as opposed to staying tightly bound into the shape of a globe. The fuzzy choke part of the vegetable is also rather large, leaving the edible part along mostly the base of the artichoke.

Here is a photo of one of the delicious artichokes from weeks ago. Notice how the leaves are opening outward. I find that to be a rather interesting development. The edible heart of the artichoke remains delicious, soft and buttery, but the edible artichokes seem to be oddities: huge fuzzy choke, outward growing leaf habit (and the leaves are hollow – no “meat” to them).

Anybody else out there have similar experiences growing artichokes at home?

I had inherited these plants after someone who was redoing their vegetable garden no longer wanted these plants. This is the first of the plants to flower. Thoughts?

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4 Responses

  1. I have no experience with artichokes…disappointing not to have much edible coming along there…hopefully you can find some answers…I am going to check this one place I just found out about…hold on BRB…OK…I checked HERE, a site by Bonnie Plants where they have a list of most frequently asked questions on all different vegetables, but you might like looking at it anyway. Just discovered it today from a wonderful vegie gardener out in California Early Snow Drop! Good luck!

  2. I grew artichokes two years ago but only planted two of them because of the space they took up in the garden. We only had three small edible chokes. When one went to bloom it was spectacular.

    • Hi, Karen,
      I only got the artichoke plants not too long ago and hope to have a bigger harvest in the future. For now, I really only harvest about one artichoke at a time! It’s true! But it’s really delicious so it makes me appreciate all that I have even more. Many thanks for visiting my blog!

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