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    nerobot is offline Rooter
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    Default jerusalem artichokes and blight

    Can jerusalem artichokes suffer from blight? Notices some of the leaves have gome black and paper-like. They seem to be growing fine, but one of the plants has about 70% of its leaves like this. Any thoughts?

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    Pretty sure it's not blight,ours were growing right by our spuds last year which all got quite bad blight & it didn't touch the JA.I'm sure they don't get it!(but could be wrong?)
    Could it be wind damage?Ants eating the tubers?~don't know if that could effect the foliage?
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    artichokes and spuds are different families, so I doubt artichokes can get blight. But I don't know that for definite.
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    Blight is not crispy like paper. It's wet and rotten.

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    this is my first time growing these from scratch (years ago i had an allotment with some in when i took it over) and mine are so tall and haven't flowered . .......perhaps they dont need all their leaves once theyve made their little tubers.

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    Not sure they flower / need to flower, do they? Can't remember mine ever flowering - but with a memory like mine ...
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    Well, after taking a very close look, I don't think it's blight. Plants seem to be fine and growing strong, so just going to assume it is just some leaves dying naturally. Thanks for all the replies.

    Mine also have not flowered, but not expecting them to. Can't belive how big they have grown though!

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    Yup, mine must be 8' or 10' tall, and I have done nothing except chuck them in the shaded end of the row with no manure or fertiliser ... but the tubers I got were larger than I have ever grown before, so hopefully some super-hero version!
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