I am a new member from the desert Southwest. I found gardening here to be quite different than the Midwest. It has been a learning experience!
A couple of years ago I purchased 2 artichokes plants. Not knowing much about them, here was mistake #1, I planted them both in 1 huge container. They grew and produced about 15 chokes. Then the ceramic container split in half.
I had to replant them. After reading up on artichokes, I understood how they should be spaced. To my surprise, when I went to replant them, I didn't realize they reproduce. I had 7 new plants.
Here was mistake #2, I had to separate the plants and had no idea how. I was able to get the original plants split apart, but not the rest, so I just moved the plants to a large section of my garden hoping the space would separate them. The artichoke plants loved their new space and within a couple weeks there were about 20 baby chokes between all the plants.
Here was mistake #3. I failed to built a fortrace around this section of the garden, and the pesky neighborhood riff raff rabbits attacked the artichokes- inflicting quite a bit of damage. The plants have gone into shock. The baby chokes started dying, so I cut off all the fruit. I have since installed a fence, motion sensors and laser beams to deter the fawna.
I fixed mistake #1 by replanting the artichokes into a large section of garden. I need advise on how to successfully separate off shoots. But before I do that, I need to know if there is a way to nurse my artichokes back to health, or if I should just pull them and start over.