12 Companion Plants to Grow with Artichokes

Artichoke plants demand maintenance. They grow tall and wide, have an unusual flower bud, and blossom a beautiful purple flower that pollinators love. You can cultivate several companion plants with artichokes, even though they like attention. Grow artichokes with spacing in mind.  

1. Attract Pollinators 

The thistle-like blossoms of artichokes are stunning if you let them bloom. Bright purple flowers bloom from the blossom center. Flowering artichokes aren't edible. The inedible fluff at the heart of an artichoke shows the flowers before they blossom.  

2. Container Plants 

Container-grown artichokes thrive. Keep artichokes and companions in containers for limited garden area. While companion plants may not help soil, pollinators and pest-repellents do. Container artichokes need huge pots and soil for their massive root systems.  

3. Space 

Artichokes are big. They grow to 4 feet tall and wide, which may limit what you may plant if you have limited room. Containers can be used to grow artichokes. This manner, you can transfer them when they are too big for the garden and still benefit your plants.  

4. Water Requirements

Artichokes demand water and are difficult to cultivate in desert places. They feed heavily and need wet soil. Deep watering 2-3 times a week is ideal, but summer may require extra watering to maintain health. Drip irrigation is your hot friend!  

5. Pests

Artichokes are susceptible to pests and diseases. While not necessarily more likely to cause problems, more worries raise risk. Monitoring pests on your plants and partners can help control their spread. Infestations are tougher to treat than avoid!  

6. Arugula

Arugula, which needs full sun in winter but shade in summer, goes nicely with artichokes. Arugula's weak roots won't compete with artichoke roots, so pick it before they cause problems.Hoverflies that eat artichoke aphids visit arugula in bloom. Leave some arugula to combat aphids.  

7. Asparagus

The perennial asparagus plant needs two years to yield asparagus. Artichokes, perennials in warm regions, can be planted close together to get acclimated to each other. Artichokes are harvested spring and fall, asparagus late spring–early summer.   

8. Borage

Borage helps control pests in the garden. Since artichokes get aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies, grow borage nearby. Parasitic wasps and hoverflies can devour artichoke bugs.  

9. Cabbage

Cabbage and other Brassica relatives are good companion plants because they need similar conditions to artichokes. Water and fertilize often because both plants are thirsty and heavy feeders. Growing them together simplifies care. Artichokes and cabbage leaves will compete for space.  

10. Calendula

Another pollinator-friendly flower is calendula. It attracts hoverflies, bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to pollinate and control pests. Calendula attracts pests, but you can use it as a trap crop.  

11. Corn

Artichokes thrive in spring and fall, but hot summers can be too much for them. If so, grow maize west of your artichokes to shade them in the afternoon. Corn should be tall enough to shade artichokes when temps rise.  

12. Kale

Kale and artichokes share care needs, making them wonderful companions. They need lots of water and sunlight in chilly weather. Kale likes shade in the afternoon, so if your artichokes are at their tallest, give it some shade.  

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