by Connie Oswald Stofko
I’m beginning to harvest my sunchokes, which I think are the coolest plants ever, and I’ll give some to anyone who wants to plant them. You can plant them now in Western New York.
The only catch is that I don’t want to mail them, so I ask you to arrange to pick them up. If you don’t live near me (I’m in the Eggertsville area of Amherst), you probably work with someone whose cousin lives out this way and can get them to you– Western New York is like that.
If you’re interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can make sure I’m here or have them available for you when you stop by.
I think what I like best about sunchokes, also known as Jerusalem artichokes, is that they grow so tall in just a few months. They’ll sprout in April or May and grow steadily over the summer until by August you have leafy plants that are 10 or 12 feet tall.
In September the sunchoke will get small yellow flowers, but it’s not a showy plant. It’s a food plant– You can eat the roots. I think they taste a lot like potatoes. I know they don’t look appetizing, but they’re pretty yummy.
The sunchoke is a native plant, so it’s easy to grow. They spread readily, so if you don’t harvest them, they could take over your yard. If you find you have more than you need, Friends of Night People can use your extras.
See more photos and find out more about sunchokes in our earlier article.
If you have gotten sunchokes from me before, I’d love to know how they grew for you. Have you harvested any yet? How did you prepare them? Please leave a comment!
Connie Oswald Stofko, publisher of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com