There is nothing better than a steamed artichoke and a bowl of spicy mayonnaise to dine on. Though with the price of artichokes around $5 (Amazon Fresh Price) a flower bud it can be pretty beneficial to grow your own as each plant can produce 2-20 buds. Of course there is one problem… The Artichoke is natively from the Mediterranean region which is a bit warmer than our northwest. For this reason the commercial artichokes are grown in California. For this reason, if you want to grow an artichoke in the northwest you have to take a few steps to improve your chance of harvesting a head or two in the summer.