How Do You Divide Globe Artichokes?

“My artichoke has grown quite large, do I have to dig the whole thing up or can I remove offsets easily and replant them.” Question from Jean of Longview, Washington

Answer: Dividing globe artichokes (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus) is a cinch. As offsets arise and begin to leaf out, take a sharp spade and cut down between the offset and parent plant. Then dig out the offset–being sure to dig deep enough to capture the long taproot of the offset. Then plant it where you wish. When replanting, the addition of compost, such as Black Gold Garden Compost Blend, will lighten the soil and add extra enrichment. Artichokes are tough plants that are not too demanding once established, but the application of fertilizer formulated for vegetable growing can boost bud set.

Happy artichoke growing!

Jessie Keith

Black Gold Horticulturist



Plants are the lens Jessie views the world through because they’re all-sustaining. (“They feed, clothe, house and heal us. They produce the air we breathe and even make us smell pretty.”) She’s a garden writer and photographer with degrees in both horticulture and plant biology from Purdue and Michigan State Universities. Her degrees were bolstered by internships at Longwood Gardens and the American Horticultural Society. She has since worked for many horticultural institutions and companies and now manages communications for Sun Gro Horticulture, the parent company of Black Gold. Her joy is sharing all things green and lovely with her two daughters.

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