Monday, April 11, 2011

Romanesco Artichoke Update: It's Still Alive After 1 Year

That Artichoke seedling I started back in March of 2010 grew all summer long up until fall. The cold weather then burned up all the leaves and I trimmed the remaining leaves back to the soil. I thought for sure that the artichoke was dead. Well this spring I noticed that the artichoke root started sending leaves up through the soil. Then I started to do some research and found out that artichokes can die back to the ground in the winter but will then come back up again in the spring.

I started feeding it with a 10-10-10 solution and it seems to be doing well. I have one burned leaf but I attribute that to getting some of the fertilizer on the leaf. So these Romanesco artichokes seem pretty hardy, I think I will start a few more seeds and dedicate a 4x4 bed to just Artichokes.



5 comments:

  1. I've just sown 4 artechokes - so imagine my surprise to log on and find your post! I'm only one year behind!

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  2. I planted three romanescos this year organically. I used 3-4" deep mulch (but not around the base of plant) they have grown about 2.5ft tall with a likewise width. No artichokes as of this season. A couple weeks ago one of the plants started to continually host a group of yellow jackets. The bush soon fell over and despite my staking attemps while avoiding being stung, all the foliage died off. Still have some strong plants but the bee-bush is a gonner. Any bee problems with yours?

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  3. Oh and I wouldn't exactly attribute the burnt leaf to getting 10 10 10 on it. All my plants did the exact same thing. Could be a nitrogren burn from the roots as I used some rotten compost OR part of its natural process. What I hope is true though is just too much water. These burnt leaves were present when I watered every morning. As soon as I left the watering to nature the leaves stopped burning and the growth became lush. I will experiment next season and let u know my verdict.

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  4. Cahallp I would love to see some photos of your artichokes. Keep us updated. And I had no issues with bees and artichokes this year.

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  5. They haven't come up at all yet. Perhaps this winter killed them. How early in the spring did yours start to send leaves up? lol I forgot about this post and just stumbled across it trying to decide if I should plant something else there or be patient..

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