How many artichokes do you get from one plant?

Answered by Willian Lymon

When it comes to artichoke plants, the number of artichokes you can expect to harvest from one plant can vary depending on the variety and growing conditions. On average, most artichoke plants yield around 6 to 8 artichokes per plant. However, it’s not uncommon for some varieties to produce up to 10 artichokes.

Now, let’s talk about the growing zones for artichokes. Globe artichokes, which are the most common variety, are hardy perennials that thrive in zones 7 to 10. This means that if you live in these regions, you can plant artichokes in your garden and expect them to come back year after year. However, if you live in a colder region with a shorter growing season, you can still grow artichokes as annuals. This means that you will have to replant them every year.

But here’s the exciting part – even if you live in a colder region, you can still grow artichokes as perennials by protecting them over the winter. This means providing them with some winter protection, such as covering them with a thick layer of mulch or using frost blankets. By doing this, you can extend the lifespan of your artichoke plants and enjoy their delicious harvest for multiple years.

I have personally grown artichokes in zone 6, which is considered a colder region for these plants. I treated them as perennials by providing winter protection, and they have come back year after year. It’s truly a delight to see these majestic plants thrive and produce beautiful artichokes.

Now, let’s dive a bit deeper into the artichoke plant itself. Each artichoke plant typically consists of a main stem with multiple side shoots or suckers. These side shoots can develop into new plants if properly separated and transplanted. However, if you leave them on the main plant, they can also produce their own artichokes.

When it comes to harvesting artichokes, it’s best to pick them when they are still tight and compact. This is usually when the buds are fully developed but have not yet started to open. To harvest an artichoke, simply cut the stem about an inch below the base of the bud. Be sure to use a sharp knife to make a clean cut.

The number of artichokes you can get from one plant can vary, but most varieties yield around 6 to 8 artichokes. However, some varieties can produce up to 10 artichokes. Additionally, artichokes are hardy perennials in zones 7 to 10 but can be grown as annuals or protected over the winter in colder regions. So, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, growing artichokes can be a rewarding experience.