Growing Jerusalem Artichokes, also Sunchoke

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Jerusalem Artichokes in Australia - cool/mountain regions)

P = Plant tubers

  • Easy to grow. Plant tubers about 5cm (1.5") deep.. Best planted at soil temperatures between 8°C and 15°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 30 - 45 cm apart
  • Harvest in 15-20 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Tomatoes, cucumbers
  • Jerusalem Artichoke/Sunchoke
  • Artichoke harvest

These are the edible root of a sunflower. Plant the tubers deep enough to cover with soil. They are quite drought-tolerant, but keep well-watered to grow larger tubers. They grow through the summer to 1.5m-tall sunflowers with a smallish flower. Dig up the tubers when the flowers die down in autumn.

Get a couple of tubers from the supermarket or fruit shop. Two years after planting you will probably have enough to give away. Perennial, if you don't manage to harvest all the tubers they will regrow year after year.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Jerusalem Artichokes

Scrape clean or peel (add a tsp of lemon or vinegar to the water to stop the tubers browning). Steam, boil, or use in artichoke soup (make with artichokes and some stock). Caution - because they contain 'resistent starch' Jerusalem Artichokes are a great promoter of flatulence in some individuals.

Your comments and tips

20 Jun 20, Marlane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I live in Redland Bay Qld and I am finding it impossible to buy or find Jerusalem artichoke tubers. I so desperately want some to plant. Could you please help me find them. Sincerely Marlane Rogers
16 Aug 20, Tanya (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi there. I just bought tubers from bunnings last week. Hope that's helpful
28 Aug 20, Albert (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi I have been growing them for 20 years plus. Sell my excess on eBay And Gumtree. Sold 35kgs this year (and I eat/ate a lot myself! Lol) they are very productive and so easy to grow
16 Aug 20, Peter Hovey (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Green Harvest at Witta on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland have them at present just bought some about 3 weeks ago they do mail order or click and collect.https://greenharvest.com.au/Plants/GarlicToKrachai.html#JerusalemArtichokes
14 Aug 20, Natalie (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
There are currently several people and nurseries selling Jerusalem artichoke tubers on EBay Australia. I've just bought the cheapest lot from Sydney NSW.
04 Jul 20, Caroline (Australia - temperate climate)
I could send you some - but pretty sure that’s not possible / legal from Victoria into QLD?
22 Jun 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Look up internet seed selling websites. Google - where to buy J A's.
23 Dec 19, Antoinette (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I am trying to buy some j/a, but do not seem to find them for sale anywhere. Has anyone got some spare tubers I could buy? Thanks Antoinette
27 Dec 19, anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try the internet - like diggers and Eden seeds.
20 Jun 20, Chris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
. I got mine posted from living-mudflower.blogspot.com, they seemed pretty good.
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