Overwintering Globe Artichokes


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  • #35936

    UdoS
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    Hello Charles ,
    I try to grow Globe artichokes since several years, but they rarely make it through the winter. I am living in Germany near Cologne, I think the climate is similar to Somerset (maybe winters are colder). Any recommendations how to succeed ?
    Do you you grow them outside or in Polytunnel?

    #35938

    charles
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    Udo, mine are outside and our winters are milder I think. Its rare to have colder than -7C. In northern UK gardeners cover the dormant artichokes with straw, until spring.

    #35942

    UdoS
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    Ok, I will try this
    Thank you Charles

    #49928

    Hawfinch
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    Normally it says to cut down the artichokes in autumn, I’ve never had any luck with this as they always rot. Recently I read that it is now recommended not cutting them down, does anybody have any experience with this, how would you recommend overwintering them? If one covers them, like Charles writes they do in colder climates, should one cut or not?

    #49936

    Dalesman
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    Our first year we used bracken to keep them cosy and some survived but quite a few rotted. Now I do nothing (a lovely technique), and it’s rare to lose any.
    We’re at 600 ft in Derbyshire so quite cold and considerably wet.

    #49948

    Hawfinch
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    Thanks Dalesman, do nothing is always a great way to do things so I’l try that out this year. Where I live is probably milder than where you are, so hopefully, I won’t lose any. Although I do think wet is probably more of a problem than cold.

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