How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

ArtichokeHarvesting and storing artichokes

Artichokes should be harvested when the buds have grown to maximum size but before the bracts or leaves on the bud begin to spread open. On the seeded varieties, once mature, the buds do not enlarge more nor do the bracts spread. Buds left on the plant past their prime tend to become woody and bitter. The terminal bud is harvested first and then the lateral buds will mature later. Artichokes and the heart of the artichoke can be frozen whole, canned, or dried.

Harvesting tip

Harvest before the leaves on the bud begin to open.


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