News and Stories


September 01, 2015


The Castroville and Salinas artichoke growing regions have experienced persistently warm weather throughout the month of August; similar conditions are forecast through early September. Consistent nighttime temperatures, ranging from 55-65 degrees, have drastically decreased artichoke production; supplies will be 50% lower than normal for the next five to six weeks. 


  • Extremely warm night temperatures have interrupted the artichoke plants’ ability to vernalize (or flower), delaying growth and maturity
  • Artichokes typically need cool morning and nighttime temperatures in the 40-55 degree range to grow at steady, predictable rates
  • Above-average temperatures during both day and night have stressed plants and their environment
    • Small sizes dominate supplies; large sizes are very limited
    • Overall volume is reduced as much as 50% in all sizes


Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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