How to Grow VegetablesJerusalem Artichoke

How to Grow Jerusalem Artichokes

Plant it and forget about it, it’s that easy but plant in a permanent position. They grow to around 6ft and make a very good wind barrier.

VARIETIES

  • Fuseau: A novel winter alternative to potatoes, with a unique and delicious taste. Larger and smoother tubers than the common ‘knobbly’ variety, making them much easier to prepare! Crops 40-50 weeks from planting. Low calorie, so good for slimmers! Try them boiled, baked or roasted. Equally delicious in winter stews and soups. The tall plants make a useful windbreak. Harvest October-early spring. Height 1.5m (5′) [Sutton Seeds]

SOWING

Grow by tubers.

PLANTING

Plant the tubers 18inch (45cm) apart at a depth of 5inch (12.5cm).

COMPANION PLANTING

When transplanting, if you put your seedling into a pot with the seed leaves touching the base of the compost, this will help produce more roots and give you a sturdier plant.

CROP ROTATION

Plant in a permanent position.

Jerusalem Artichokes in flower

SEASONAL CARE & YOUR QUESTIONS

As they grow earth-up around the base of the plant, this will help secure the plant. Keep well watered and weed free. The plants can get as tall as 6ft. Putting a cane either end of the bed and using string to hold the stems upright is advised to stop them falling over.

    PESTS, DISEASES AND PROBLEMS

    Slugs when the shoots are firm appearing.

    HARVESTING

    The tubers are ready to harvest after the plant has started to die back. Lift the tubers as and when required in the kitchen. Any tubers left in the ground will regrow next year.

    SAVING SEED

    Any tubers left in the ground will regrow the following year.

    HOW TO STORE

    Leave in the ground as use when required.

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