Give your artichokes room to spread. Mature plants can reach over a metre tall and 1.2 metres wide. Artichokes thrive in full sun to partial shade.
The lower buds that develop later won’t grow as large as the top bud. When you have harvested all buds on a stem, cut the stem to the ground. For large, established plants, prune the entire plant back by a third to spur a fall harvest.