Artichokes often die back at least 2 times during the season and produce a new pup. They will also produce new pups when the "mother" plant is still large.
Facebook friend, Maureen asks... Hey Gail.....may I pick your brain for a second? We have several artichoke plants growing at the base of last years dead one....can I dig those up and transplant them elsewhere? Should that be done now?
.Hi Maureen - I would carefully dig them up before they get too big. A good time to dig up artichoke pups is in the early spring and late fall. Dig wide around and well under as to not disturb the roots. Make sure the soil is good and wet to make it easier for removal. Plant them in a pot first with Miracle Grow soil. Water moderately. Do not soak. Keep the plants in the shade for 1 week to 10 days. Then try to move the plants out into the sun. If they tollerate the sun and the heat, then they are ready to plant into the ground.
See artichoke care at: http://www.sweetheartartichokes.com/care01.htm