Basics

Ease of Growing
Easy
Grown as
Perennial
Growing Habit
-
Hardiness
Hardy

Will survive a hard frost, and flavor even benefits from a frost!

Crops
Spring Transplant, Spring
Growing Season
Short, Long
Cultivar Type
-
Growing Conditions
Cold, Cool, Warm

Most cultivars require a growing season of at least 125 frost-free days. Optimum yields are obtained where temperatures range from 65 to 80° F. Rainfall of 50" or less is required. In dry areas irrigation may be necessary to begin germination.

Outdoor Growing Temp
50°F - 90°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp
45°F

Soil temperatures must be at least 44° F for germination.

Start Indoors
No
Start Outdoors
Yes
Light
Water
Moderate

These plants are somewhat drought tolerant, but won't produce very well if the soil is dry. In very dry climates they will need regular irrigation. For higher yields keep the soil evenly moist at all times. You can mulch to conserve water.

Feeder
Light

Jerusalem Artichokes do better when given a well balanced feed of nutrients. Adding compost will do the trick.

Suitability
Drought tolerant, Tolerates light frost, Tolerates hard frost
Small Gardens?
Yes
Containers?
No
Attracts beneficial insects?
Yes
Color
Light Brown
Fruit Size
1.0-6.0"
Plant Height
96.0-120.0"
Plant Diameter
18.0-30.0"
Hardiness Zone
3-9
Disease Resistance
Taste Profile

Crunchy, nutty flavor. Fresh tuber somewhat resembles a water chestnut. Flavor complements wine well.