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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 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

08 Feb 18, Astrid (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Not sure if you have come right yet, but if not... Jerusalem artichokes will probably not be on sale until the end of the season - at the moment they are putting all the energy into the flower and won't be of a quality to sell. You can keep an eye on www.seedsforafrica.co.za and www.theseedvault.co.za, both of these sites usually have tubers available when in season.
24 Aug 17, Lynne (Canada - zone 4a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Can tubers be planted in the fall and harvested the next summer like I do with garlic. We usually have a late spring so it's hard to plant until at least June.
12 Feb 18, Paul Lefebvre (Canada - Zone 6a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Jerusalem Artichokes can definitely planted in the fall. Studies show that fall plantings are, in fact, better for production as it promotes an earlier start for the plant.
30 Oct 17, rita near kamllops (Canada - Zone 3b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
No one responded so I will. I do not know for certain. I shop at farmer's market where 2 organic farmers grow and sell these. Both know I grow much of my own food. The guy I normally buy these from never suggested I plant any.. He had ended for the season and I purchased from the other grower. She was telling everyone to plant some of what they buy. HOWEVER she often sales pitches to clear out stock. Also they are zone 4 - 5 -along the river near Kamloops.. I'm at much higher elevation in an unpredictable area. I long ago quit buying zone 4 plants due to cold snaps that hit every few years. I'm going to try a couple roots this fall if I can get them in this week. (end Oct, 1st of Nov -the next snow might stay). If you have access to them I suggest you try a few too. All the local growers who are at warmer elevations than I start their garlic in the fall and say it needs the extra growing time. These may need the settling in time too. Trial and error is the best bet in these climates. I'm on a hillside and after 30+ years still marvel how some plants do well in one area but not 10-15 meters away. I think it's related to underground moisture. Good luck!
23 Jul 17, Joemarie Rowe (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I am staying in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, where can i buy some seeds of Jerusalem Artichokes. Thank you. Have a great day
03 Aug 17, Sheena Ridley (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi Joemarie, I have some tubers for you- I stay 80kms from Oudtshoorn and do come that way.Contact me by email and we can organise.
14 May 17, sonia marie (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
I have just received JA`s and want to plant them but we are into the colder months , should i store them and if so how or should i put them in the soil and wait for them to come up ? i dont want to lose these ive been searching for them forever
15 May 17, Giovanni (Australia - temperate climate)
I would store them in a pot filled with damp sand until spring. If you leave them out they will shrivel and if you plant them they may rot unless you have good drainage. Once established they are virtually indestructible and would survive most winters.
26 Apr 17, Wendy (Australia - temperate climate)
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?
26 Apr 17, Giovanni (Australia - temperate climate)
You could 'raid' a few now if you wanted to. They would be riper when the plants start to die back for the winter. Even though they are just about indestructible it would be better to transplant them in the winter when they are dormant.
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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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