Growing Emerald Artichokes
You can successfully grow artichokes as annuals in areas where they aren't hardy, but the trick is to start them early (by mid-February) indoors, and expose the seedlings to several weeks of cold (40-50 degree) weather so that the plants will form flowering buds their first year in the ground. With an early start such as this, you can have artichokes from late July through fall freezes. Without the early start, your plants may not produce harvestable artichokes.
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