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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 46°F and 59°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 12 - 18 inches apart
  • Harvest in 15-20 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Tomatoes, cucumbers

Your comments and tips

24 Feb 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
There are numerous recipes on the internet. Google Jerusalem Artichoke recipes. Roasting, boiling, soups, stews, etc. Pick some of the stems for cut flowers. They are bright and cheery.
17 Feb 17, Deborah Wells (USA - Zone 7a climate)
I've been growing these for some years now and am a huge fan. Absolutely LOVE them. So do my chickens, turkeys, horses, sheep, cattle and dogs. All except dogs will eat tops and tubers. Dogs only eat the tubers. Cats don't much care for any part of them tho. Cooking tips: I like them best roasted. Cut into 1" x 1" (2cm x 2cm) or so, put on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive or coconut oil, salt, pepper maybe a little basil or rosemary. Roast at 350F (180C) for 25 - 40 min. They come out about the same consistency as roasted garlic - almost like a paste. Use on a nice cracker with a small slice of cream cheese. Side with a glass of a nice, oaky Chardonnay, a good movie and a sexy friend. I'm done. Night, night. Growing tips: don't do anything to them except give them water and some good manure. If you want to get fancy, cut off the flowers and put them in a vase in the kitchen. (Stripping the flowers puts more energy into the tuber production.) Ungrowing tips: If you want to get rid of them, mow them off once a week and don't water. Turn out pigs or chickens. They will dig up every living morsel and consume it. CAUTION! Do NOT use a rototiller on them. It cuts the tubers into microslices and only encourages them to propagate. Enjoy your sunchokes. They are a gift from the gods.
28 Jan 17, julianne simon (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
When should i see the flowers bloom. My sunchokes are growing very tall, look amazingly healthy, but no flowers yet on January 28.
04 Feb 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Generally tubers do't form on plants like sunchokes and potatoes until after flowering. As with potatoes there will be some forming but they will be immature and not keep. Trust this helps.
20 Jan 17, Jackie Klever (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I live in Ahipara, 90 Mile Beach. Where can I buy the seeds or seedlings? Cannot find any up here.
15 Feb 17, Mike (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I bought mine off the internet.
04 Dec 16, kelvin (Australia - temperate climate)
my sunchokes are growing well in perth in improved bedding. question: Is it a good idea to remove lateral shoots from the main stem to improve growth?
05 Dec 16, John (Australia - arid climate)
I don't think it would make any difference as sunchokes are very tough and can be invasive if left. Any small tubers left in the ground will sprout next season. A lot of sunchokes I have seen are small and knobbly but some are plump and more rounded. If you get some nice rounded ones save them for next season and eat the small knobbly ones. Over a couple of seasons you will have all plump ones. Sunchokes are often called Jerusalem Artichokes. Trust this helps
29 Oct 16, marie (USA - Zone 11b climate)
Does anyone have any knowledge of Jerusalem artichokes sunchokes growing in Hawaii?
16 Jun 16, Andrée Prentice (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I have a surplus of organic grown Jerusalem artichockes. What would be a reasonable price per 500gr if I sold the at the local growers' market ? Thanks for your help' Andrée
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