Harvest artichoke buds before they flower or you’ll end up with a mouth full of sores!
As the artichoke bud matures on the stem, the tight cluster opens to reveal an iridescent, violet flower full of thistles and thorns.
In case you didn’t know, the artichokes we grill, boil and dip into savory sauces are actually immature flowers!
Watch this short garden tip video about artichokes I taped for Digs Channels’ “Way to Grow” show on YouTube.
Video- Way To Grow: Harvesting Artichokes Before Flowering – Garden Tip of the Day!
Harvesting artichokes before flowering is a must to ensure an edible artichoke.
Once the artichoke matures there is a huge and beautiful surprise waiting for you.
Take a look!
Garden expert Shirley Bovshow offers the Garden Tip of the Day for “Way to Grow.”
About “Way to Grow” web series
Garden designer Shirley Bovshow and her two apprentices, comedians Ariana Seigel and Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, take you through the basics with a fun Gardening 101 series.
Shirley brings the expertise; Ari and Emma bring the cluelessness.
If Shirley can teach them to garden, she can definitely teach you!
If you look close enough, you’ll see my cute little long-haired chihuahua, Foxy, trying to steal the scene!
Do you grow artichokes?
Do you allow them to flower on purpose?
Artichokes are “focal point” plants in my mediterranean garden along with sages and lavender, but I harvest the best ones for eating!