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Jerusalem Artichokes

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3v3
3v3 Posts: 1,444 Forumite
Obviously, I'm too late for planting them now ( :( ) but, what would you advise that I do with them until I am able to plant them out? Also, have a horseradish root and some garlic.

TIA
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  • TonyMMM
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    I would plant the artichokes now, no problem ....but don't harvest any (or only a few) this year. Once established you'll never get rid of them anyway.

    Horseradish is fine to plant anytime .....leave until the autumn, and then dig up and use the root - if it isn't big enough just replant and it will grow bigger next year. As long as you leave even a tiny piece of root behind, it will always grow back.

    Garlic - you are too late for. Either needs to be planted in late autumn ....November time , or around Feb.
  • Farway
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    I would plant the artichoke & horseradish now, they will grow but maybe not enough to get a crop this year, otherwise they will just shrivel up

    Are you aware both are very invasive? I would plant in large pot for now, until you have sorted out the final areas, or maybe you have a five acre field and invasive plants are not a problem?

    Garlic, no idea, personally I hate the stuff, so chuck it in the bin :D
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  • 3v3
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    Thank you, both.

    Faraway, I only have 1/4 acre, not 5 ;) but that is a very good point about planting in a large pot :beer:

    TonyMMM - could I leave the garlic bulbs in a dark cool shed until Nov/Feb? Or should I just throw them away?
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    I wouldn't recommend planting horseradish in anything but a pot.
    If you see our allotment you will understand that it is nearly as invasive as nettles and horsetail!

    I collected a bin bag full last weekend. I reckon that's less than 1% of what's currently sitting around the allotment.
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  • TonyMMM
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    3v3 wrote: »
    TonyMMM - could I leave the garlic bulbs in a dark cool shed until Nov/Feb? Or should I just throw them away?

    They will almost certainly start sprouting long before then and .... I would just use them in the kitchen, and get some more at planting time.
  • 3v3
    3v3 Posts: 1,444 Forumite
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    Sorry to be a pain ... if they grow like mad, would it matter if they were grown in a dappled/north facing aspect?
    I have an area which was formally tree rich (now stump rich) and I'd like to grow things which would add to the area but still be productive (of sorts; hence the horseradish) and I intend to grow fruit trees in that space. So, would the horseradish and JA's be ok, even if it is/will be shaded/dappled for 35% of daylight hours?

    TIA :)
  • a1cat
    a1cat Posts: 1,355 Forumite
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    They grow like weeds - so: yes
  • 3v3
    3v3 Posts: 1,444 Forumite
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    a1cat wrote: »
    They grow like weeds - so: yes
    Thank you :) Now I have the ideal place to put them :D :beer:
  • ladylouise62
    ladylouise62 Posts: 731 Forumite
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    Don't worry about the JA being invasive. Yes, it's easy not to get all the tubers when you dig them up, but it's not like one of those weeds where just a shred of root will reproduce, it needs a tuber, so when they start sprouting in the Spring it's easy to spot them and dig them out before they get growing properly. I have easily controlled where mine have grown in that way, and also got rid of them.... only to decide to grow them again this year :)

    As for the garlic - it won't keep but you could plant and use the growth as a sort of garlicky chive.
  • dogstarheaven
    dogstarheaven Posts: 1,382 Forumite
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    my JA are about 4.5ft tall now and I hear they could do with a Chelsea-type of Chop (tho' not in May but when they get to a certain height) and it's meant to encourage more growth - does anyone do this at all? they're dead easy to grow, aren't they - most suitable for a beginner :D:D i can't wait to roast them (used to cook them in soups)
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