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Globe Artichoke – Green Globe


Majestic perennials for your kitchen garden
Producing a tight globe-shaped green and purple head, these plants look fantastic in any garden. Artichokes are reliable croppers and perennials so you will be able to harvest from these plants for about 4-5 years. Leave some space for them to grow as they can get quite large. They are lovely at the back of a border. The plug plants will come with a complete growing guide.

Number of plants: 5 plug plants

Variety: Green Globe (organic*)

In the kitchen: Steamed, grilled, roasted, or sautéed, globe artichokes are one of spring’s most delectable treats.


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The right site

Plant in good quality well drained soil. They prefer a sheltered, sunny site.

Can be grown in....

Borders, raised beds, large containers, allotment.

How far apart?

About 1 metre apart.

Looking after your plants....

Artichokes can grow to 1.5m x 1m and will make big clumps of arching, jagged silvery leaves. They make good structural plants as well as having edible flowers.


Water well when warm

Water plants well until established and make sure they don’t dry out in hot weather.


In spring...

In early spring cover the crown with well-rotted manure to help boost growth.


In year one...

In the first year your artichoke plants need to put all their energy into making growth, so remove any flowerheads as they form.


In year two...

In the second year, allow the edible heads to develop for harvesting in summer. Harvest the top bud first, when it’s large and swollen, but before the scales have started to open.  Pick the side buds when they have reached a decent size.


At the end of the growing season...

Cut back stems in late autumn and protect the remaining crown over winter with a thick mulch of straw or other material.

Remember that artichokes are perennial plants so don’t dig them up at the end of the season, if you want them to grow again next year.

Storage Tips

You should harvest artichokes as you want to eat them.

Ways to cook

There really is only one way to eat artichokes and that’s to boil them first for around 20-30 mins (a little longer if they are large) until tender. Then serve them whole with a dressing to dip into.

Do I need to sign for them?
All our plug plant orders are dispatched with an overnight courier* to mainland UK and do not need to be signed for when they are delivered, but will be left somewhere safe. When placing your order, please let us know where you would like the plug plants left if you are not in when the courier delivers.

We will keep you posted
You will receive an email approximately a week before your order is dispatched and another on the day your plants are packed and leave us so you know to expect and prepare for their arrival.