Growing sunchokes

The Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) is also known by the names sunroot, wild sunflower or earth apple.
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Growing sunchokes

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We've been growing this earthy tasting, tuberous plant for years. It's easy to grow. Here are some things to know about sunchokes:

1) Tough plant and cold tolerant. It can easily withstand the coldest winters in our area. If you live in colder climates protect with thick mulch layer.
2) Tuberous root is the edible part. Harvest in October -- March. Stores well underground and harvest as needed.
3) You can plant a single chunk of root in the spring and it'll grow up to 4 meters tall by the fall.
4) It falls over in the wind so we grow it along a fence line and tie it up.
5) Loves to be mulched thickly with woodchips and compost. Tuber can push through 6" of mulch.
6) It can get away on you so I recommend harvesting the entire plant every year and replanting a single piece to keep it contained.
7) If you can buy it at a local market, plant it in your garden.
8) Plant sunchokes along weedy fence lines and you'll discover that it'll quickly shade out weeds.
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Re: Growing sunchokes

Post by tylerandsarah »

Wonderful.

Thanks for all this info.

So the sunchokes that I bought last week at Local Harvest - I can store and put them in the ground this spring and they will grow? Any specific storage instructions?

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Re: Growing sunchokes

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Yes, they can be planted directly into the garden anytime. Mulch heavily.

Storage: Put in a container with wood mulch or soil and keep cool and moist.
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