Growing Jerusalem Artichokes, also Sunchoke

Helianthus tuberosus : Asteraceae / the daisy family

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 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
  • Jerusalem Artichoke/Sunchoke
  • Artichoke harvest

These are the edible root of a sunflower. Plant the tubers deep enough to cover with soil. They are quite drought-tolerant, but keep well-watered to grow larger tubers. They grow through the summer to 1.5 m tall sunflowers with a smallish flower. Dig up the tubers when the flowers die down in autumn.

Get a couple of tubers from the supermarket or fruit shop. Two years after planting you will probably have enough to give away. Perennial, if you don't manage to harvest all the tubers they will regrow year after year.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Jerusalem Artichokes

Scrape clean or peel (add a tsp of lemon or vinegar to the water to stop the tubers browning). Steam, boil, or use in artichoke soup (make with artichokes and some stock). Caution - because they contain 'resistent starch' Jerusalem Artichokes are a great promoter of flatulence in some individuals.

Your comments and tips

24 Jan 24, Annie (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Im in zone 9, will my sunchokes come back if no frost?
01 Nov 23, Cindy (USA - Zone 10a climate)
I just harvested the jerusalem artichoke that we planted last spring. The flowers were done but the plant was still alive. I have lots of small tubers and thick root with sprouts. Is all this OK to cook and eat?
16 Oct 23, Tina (USA - Zone 5a climate)
Yikes, I thought I could grow Sunchokes in zone 5 and bought a few. What do I do now? Can I still plant them in sunny spot or eat and wait next year? Are they still good if they got soft? I forgot them in the garage for a week. Thanks!
15 Oct 23, Dave M. (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Could you point me towards an NZ supplier please. Not having much luck finding one. Thank you.
18 Nov 23, Cesare Stella (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
just get some from the supermarket
19 Oct 23, (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Try the internet.
01 Oct 23, Murray (Canada - zone 4a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
I live in the South Cariboo. I have been asking where to get Jerusalem Artichokes, many of my friends are interested in getting Jerusalem Artichokes, but no one seems to know where to get them. Is there easy access to buying them?
21 Dec 23, Regina (Canada - Zone 5b Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Where I ordered mine. https://certifiedseeds.ca/search?type=product&q=jerusalem+artichokes
06 Oct 23, Jeanna (USA - Zone 9a climate)
I buy mine on Etsy. Here is a link to a page of them. https://www.etsy.com/search?q=jerusalem%20artichokes&ref=search_bar
03 Oct 23, Anonymous (Canada - zone 4a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
Try on the internet - seed selling companies
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Hi All, Sunchokes or Jerusalem artichokes grow great in Edmonton Alberta. I grow them for the flowers in my flower beds at the back. They are a wonderful perennial veggie and in the colder zones, we are limited on or perennial edible plants.

- Laura

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