Artichoke (Jerusalem) Growing Guide

Helianthus tuberosus

Artichoke (Jerusalem)

Crop Rotation Group



Any reasonably fertile, well drained soil that holds moisture well.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

Yes. Plants die back to the roots in winter.


Not usually required.


Single Plants: 60cm (1' 11") each way (minimum)
Rows: 60cm (1' 11") with 60cm (1' 11") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Set out tubers in late winter and early spring, planting them 10cm (4 in) deep. Plants grow quite tall, and can be used to shade heat-sensitive neighbors.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Can be invasive, so use flowers indoors as cut flowers to reduce reseeding.


Harvest tubers from late autumn as required. Make sure all tubers are removed from soil by end of season.


Powdery mildew often affects plants in late summer, but does not impact yields.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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