Did you know that artichokes are edible vegetables? The edible part of this plant is the flower.
It consists of different parts, thick stem which features elongated leaves that are green-greyish in colour and a flower bud.
If you do not have a gardern you can still sucessfully grow aritichokes in pots or containers. The idea of growing artichokes came from Mediterranean area.
The growing of artichokes is mainly practised there because they eat them and artichokes have many health benefits.
They are known for their rich and amazing flavour. Hence, most people will ensure they are always cultivating the artichokes.
Artichokes do well in a climate that has short warm summers and little rain during winters.
Today the cultivation of artichokes has spread over the globe. New agricultural ways of planting them have emerged too.
They include planting them in gardens and planting them in pots and containers.
This article will give you knowledge on how to plant and care for artichokes.
Planting the artichokes will also cut your costs, of going to the shops and markets to buy them.
What You Will Need To Grow Artichokes.
You need a large pot or container because the artichokes have the ability to grow up to four feet long. So the size of your pot should be the key factor.
Its height should be considered as well ensure the following:
· The height of the pot (At least four feet long)
· The width of the pot (It should be at least thirty-eight inches wide)
· The depth of the pot (At least twenty inches deep)
· The pot should have some drainage holes
· Soil with a pH of six to six point eight
· Artichokes seeds or offsets
· A sharp spade
After you have ensured the above requirements are into place you are ready to go!
Follow the steps below and ensure you don’t skip any step. They are so simple.
STEP 1: Check The Condition Of The Soil
1. It should be sand soil. Artichokes require a soil that has good and very fast drainage. The good and fast drainage allows water to reach the roots efficiently. Hence the artichokes can absorb water and nutrients for their growth.
2. You should ensure that the soil acidity will facilitate the growth artichokes. Your soil should at least achieve a pH of six to six point eight.
3. The soil should be rich in Nitrogen.
STEP 2: Fill The Soil In Pots And Add Water
Your pots will depend on how many artichokes you want to plant. Example if you have ten pots.
Fill all of them with soil. The soil should at least occupy two cubic feet in the pot.
Ensure you loosen the soil and then add very little water, just enough to wet the soil.If you put a lot of water in the soil then your artichokes seedlings or offsets are likely to rot and they will die.
Place the pots in a suitable place. This is where there is a free circulation air, light and where the artichokes will grow from.
STEP 3: Make Holes In The Soil
Take you a sharp spade and dig some deep holes in the soil. This process allows you to insert the seeds or offsets in the soil. The artichokes need a lot of nutrients because they absorb them at a very high rate. In other
The artichokes need a lot of nutrients because they absorb them at a very high rate. In other words, I can term them as heavy feeders. So for you to ensure they grow big, healthy and give you a great harvest always add some.
So for you to ensure they grow big, healthy and give you a great harvest always add some compost manure into these holes.
If it’s difficult for you to get compost manure, organic fertilizer is also another solution such as chicken manure. It can also be dropped in the holes that you have made on the soil.
After you have observed all these be assured of great growth. The outcome is a tremendous harvest of the artichokes.
STEP 4: Plant The Artichokes
Planting artichokes require either you plant some seeds or offset. Both of them are fine so it depends on which one of them you will choose.
I will first explain how to plant the seeds. If you choose to plant the seeds ensure you first soak them in water for eight hours.
Then make sure that fourteen days have passed along from the other spring frost. Dig some shallow holes and insert
Dig some shallow holes and insert your seeds with some light soil then add some little water.
If you choose to plant from the offsets always ensure it has a maximum height of ten inches and not less than that. Offsets less than ten inches long have a very high possibility to die.
Research has shown that offsets below ten inches hardly survive.Once you have dug a hole into the soil in your container, add some little water in it. Then plant the shoots and cover it with soil.
Ensure the soil does not cover the whole of it, cover it up to the roots. Then finish by adding some more water to even the soil.
STEP 5: Take Care
This is the final stage that will determine the growth of the artichokes. Always fertilize the artichokes after every three weeks. Uproot weeds and always ensure the water is enough.
Make sure you never let your soil to drain away all its water and remain dry. This may result in loss of the artichokes.
On the other hand, you should never put so much water into the soil where you have planted your artichokes.
The water makes the soil to become soggy and your artichokes will end up rotting. Hence always ensure the water is just enough, by this I mean not too much or too little.
Remember artichokes have large root systems, therefore, they require a large volume of soil.
The whole process of planting artichokes may seam a bit demanding at the start but when you get used to it, it will be so easy and enjoyable.
This article was written by Ella Wilson founder of TinyPlantation.com. She has a great interest in plants and gardens she is fascinated with fruits and vegetables. She shares her passion of gardening through her website.
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