Artichokes-post your updates (Part 2)
I'm starting a new post since the old one (linked below) is over 100 posts and, obviously, because this is a new year.
To: AiliDeSpain, planatus, sunnibel7, and greenmulberry. I've got some questions.
1) How big and wide (in feet) would you say the plants got in their first year?
2) Did any of you try to overwinter your artichoke plants? If so, how did you go about trying to protect them? (It's too soon to know if it worked, I think.)
3) For those who got 'chokes, about how many did you get per plant?
4) Are you trying again this year?
This will be my first time trying to grow artichokes. I bought some 'Purple of Romagna' artichoke seeds at the store yesterday (they were half-off and I couldn't resist) and winter sowed some of them. My hope is that the seeds sprout while it's still chilly outside and that there will still be enough time for them to get vernalized naturally before summer comes, resulting in 'chokes this year. I admit this might be wishful thinking.
So as a back up I've also started a few seeds inside (although I've probably started them too late) and I'll vernalize them when the time comes. This too might be wishful thinking because of the late start and because I'm fairly certain this variety isn't conducive to annual growing.
Here is a link that might be useful: Artichokes-post your updates (Part 1)