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Jerusalem Artichoke - can I cultivate?


By David

Fife, Scotland Sco

About 3 weeks ago, I bought a pack of 6 in the supermarket reduced to 10p, with the idea of planting them in the garden. I forgot about them, but found them today - with nice green shoots on. Can I really cultivate these and, how do I go about it? Any info on site, depth, distancing, etc. would be very much appreciated. Thank you!

On plant Cynara




I managed to do some brief online research today, Buzzbee. The planting depth of 6" would seem to be correct. I have decided to try planting mine in a row, 18" apart", in a sunny location, to grow as a green screen to hide either a bare section of wall or fence. As they are grown and cooked like potatoes, I don't see why your wife should not have success with the bin planting. it will be great to see how this goes. Many thanx for letting me know. It will be interesting to see what we get from this fun project.

25 Mar, 2008


Easy to grow but unless you get every artichoke out at harvest time you will have them come back every year, they do not spread around so badly and I would not class them as very invasive.Lovely to eat but very windy they are also known as fartichokes!!!!

26 Mar, 2008


Wyeboy! "Fartichokes" - love it! Have read about this side-effect, but will be happy enough if my 10p "windfall" will grow into a 9ft "windbreak", whether I get them coming back on me or not! Many thanx for the info, and the laugh!

27 Mar, 2008

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