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    How do you know if your jerusalem artichokes are ready to harvest. I'm pretty sure mine are not, but not sure how to tell whem they are.

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    Dont' you leave them in till they die back, then dig them up as needed? Mine are still green so not been paying them any attention, but now you've got me wondering. Coem on wise people what do we do?

    It's my first go with them and OH is insisting he doesn't like them. sigh. I reckon he's never tried them and I can sneak them through pretending they're something else. Just like I do with parsnips in soup

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    I think you do leave them until they start to die back, sometimes they flower too & you can cut the flowers off so that their energy goes into the tubers. You could always have a scrabble around the roots of one & see if you can find any tubers. I dug mine up too early last year & they were quite small but I was impatient to try them!
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    Not sure if it was because I stored them incorrectly(paper sack)But mine didn't store very well at all,so this year I'm going to dig them up as I need them!
    I also wait until the foliage starts to die off.
    FHG~mine love them mashed with spuds~gives quite a nutty taste.
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    That reminds me of my firstest foray into GYO - I grew Jerusalem Artichokes, but thought they were like globe ones. They grew brilliantly, but (obviously) didn't produce little lovely globes. So in the end I gave up, and when it died back, I just composted binned the lot. It was only a year later that I realised I probably had had loads of lovely knobbly fellas waiting to be discovered in the soil, that I had just thrown away...

    What a durr-brain.

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    Just leave them in the ground Nerobot. They're ready when the top growth has died off . Just lift them and use them over the winter as required.

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    Thanks for all the replies. Just going to wait till they die back and then have a little look.

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    How big do the plants grow? Mine are tiny!!!!

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