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Growing Jerusalem Artichokes, also Sunchoke

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(Best months for growing Jerusalem Artichokes in USA - Zone 5a 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

Your comments and tips

03 Jul 18, Jan Green (Australia - tropical climate)
Good afternoon, I've read contradicting info that jerusalem artichokes will and won't grow in the tropics. Can you tell me definitely which is right please. I have tried once to grow them in Townsville with no success at all. Are there guidelines for getting good results in the tropics or are they just not suited to the climate. Thank you Jan
11 Jul 18, Brett (Australia - temperate climate)
I have a couple of month old one that I got for 10c at Bunnings. From what I have read, they really struggle with the heat during summer. I can attest to the fact that they hate water logged soil. Both of these sound like deal breakers in the tropics. I get the impression they would be the perfect plant for cooler temperate areas. If you are really keen, maybe you could try a single one in a large pot in a shaded and covered area and see if it survives the summer. At least you could reduce soil temperature and the amount of water it gets this way. I assume planting now and getting it established before it hits summer would also help.
04 Jul 18, Mike L (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It indicates here that artichokes don't grow in the tropics. There is probably a reason/s why - too wet - too hot. If you look at sub tropical it says plant Aug to Oct. That would be the best time to plant. You will never know until you try it.
19 Jun 18, kenneth (USA - Zone 5a climate)
Can I grew them in zone 5a?
19 Jun 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Set your zone at the top of this page and check info there
09 Apr 18, Dehlia Esterhuizen (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Would like to know if Sheena Ridley (3 Aug 2017) still have Jerusalem Artichoke tubers and the cost please. Or anybody else knowing where to buy for cooking
17 Mar 18, Jonita Venter (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I am in the Somerset West, Cape province area and want to buy the bulb or the plant. you do not get it in stores or at nurseries. Is it possible that you can provide me with the information please. Regards Jonita.
26 Feb 18, Mike (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I am looking for Jerusalem artichokes bulbs for planting. In the Elgin Valley. Somerset nearby. Please email - thanks, mike
14 Jan 18, Warren (Australia - arid climate)
Where can I get Jerusalem Artichokes in WA? I live on the edge of the desert and don't get to Perth very often. I have only seen them once in WA. I bought those and they grew well. We had a few meals out of the pot I grew them in, but unfortunately my wife threw away the ones I was keeping for the next year's crop. I have found suppliers in the eastern states but they can't supply to WA because of the quarantine restrictions.
17 Jan 18, Mike (Australia - tropical climate)
If you go to website click on crops - under horticulture you will see vegetables - click on it. Click on Artichokes and then click on the heading - you will read all about how to grow them. I would try ringing/email the WA veggie growers association or similar and try and find out where to buy from. OR try and find a green grocer who might sell you some and post it to you. Or a friend or someone who lives in Perth. Try these sites - Australian City Farms and even Remote Indigenous Gardens network. Good luck.
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I planted a couple of JA's in spring and about 8 weeks ago they shot up with lovely yellow flowers. I cut these off fairly quickly hoping the growth would go back into the Tubers. I am guessing i could dig some up, but i would like to also move some of the tubers to another spot. Can i do this now or should i wait until the spring?

- Wendy

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