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Growing Artichokes in Perth WA


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9 July 2021

The globe artichoke is a perennial thistle, a member of the Asteraceae family. Along with sunflowers, daisies, marigolds, sage and tarragon, they are all linked due to their intricate flower heads.

Artichokes are extremely hardy and will grow 1-1.5 metres in height and width. The edible bud grows on the ends of long flower stalks, the plant can take up to a year to produce flower buds but they are worth waiting for.  

Choose artichoke varieties that are well-suited to your climate. Some popular varieties for Mediterranean climates include 'Green Globe,' 'Imperial Star,' and 'Purple of Romagna.'

Artichokes can be successfully grown in Perth as it has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. 

How to Grow Artichokes in Perth

Globe artichokes prefer a sunny spot with plenty of space, they can take over so may be worth planting in large pots, tubs or raised garden beds.

They like rich, well-drained soil. If you see their outer leaves drooping, it will be because of waterlogging during winter months or drying out in hot summers so preparation is key!

Enrich the soil with Baileys Soil Improver Plus which contains compost and manure that will encourage strong and healthy growth. If you have very sandy soils, use Baileys Clay & Compost.

If growing in pots or tubs, choose Baileys Veg & Herb Premium Planting mix