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Started growing Sunchokes last year. #152255
Nov 16th, 2007 at 02:51 PM
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Planted them before reading up on it. (Of course:)

I've got two really great harvest out of a 8x14 patch, but have read conflicting
stuff about them.

1. Says make sure you plant them where you want them for good because you can never get rid of them once they start producing.

2. Says to move them every couple of years to prevent soil depletion.

(Can you see my confusion.)

Any input would be greatly appreciated.


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Re: Started growing Sunchokes last year. [Re: ] #152261
Nov 16th, 2007 at 03:15 PM
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There a delisious little tuber that produce a sunflower like plant.

(Also know as a Jeruselum Artichoke)

They taste just like an artichoke heart.


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Re: Started growing Sunchokes last year. [Re: robscott3366] #152783
Nov 17th, 2007 at 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by robscott3366
There a delisious little tuber that produce a sunflower like plant.

(Also know as a Jeruselum Artichoke)

They taste just like an artichoke heart.
nah, they taste much better than artichoke hearts! i'd love to ahve some, and my goal is to get some beds set up for next year!

Re: Started growing Sunchokes last year. [Re: ] #153587
Nov 20th, 2007 at 03:18 PM
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I've had pretty good luck so far. I use a raised bed & I've had to increase the size. Last spring I had shoots comming up out of the grass 6 inches outside of my landscaping timbers.


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Nov 29th, 2007 at 10:30 AM
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They grow well here & have been pest free without any help from me.

(I just watch'em grow & dig up the tubers every Nov. (Plan on adding a bunch of compost over the winter time. They grew shallow this year & many fell over from their own weight. *But they kept right on growing!*)


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Re: Started growing Sunchokes last year. [Re: robscott3366] #183155
Feb 17th, 2008 at 09:50 PM
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Robert, my great-grandfather had a patch of Jerusalem artichokes. They always grew in the same place and as far as I know are still there 30 years after he passed away. I planted some three years ago, but some nasty groundhogs kept eating them as they sprouted! Last year I put some chicken wire around them and actually had several plants grow. No blooms though. Hopefully they will do even better this year. I have not dug any yet to eat.


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Re: Started growing Sunchokes last year. [Re: decolady] #186388
Feb 26th, 2008 at 10:07 AM
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Hmm.. I have never had an artichoke heart.. what is the best way to try them for the first time?? I love trying new things!! Suggestions please??

Re: Started growing Sunchokes last year. [Re: Pinkhorseofcourse] #186445
Feb 26th, 2008 at 02:08 PM
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Well I actually boil them and then eat them with seasoned butter. For me sage butter is usually my choice but they are good with just melted butter in my opinion.


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Thanks TK.. Um, don't you have to peel them or something? Sorry, I have no experience with them at all.. lol. They are kind of scary looking little critters when I see them in the produce section.. and I just never ventured to try them.. but I do love trying new things.. lol I might have to get some next trip to the store.

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i LOVE sunchokes. i need to order some because i can't ever find them here.

Re: Started growing Sunchokes last year. [Re: ] #189802
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Are they different than artichokes? why


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