Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem Artichoke

As an experiment, I started a Jerusalem Artichoke.  I’ve read that they can be “invasive” so I planted one  tuber (about the size of my fist) in this blue plastic container.  I want to evaluate the merit of having this flowering plant in the large area adjacent to the parking lot.  It would be inconsiderate (of me) to plant in a community garden area and have it “take over.”  I found the article, from Mother Earth News, to be very informative.  ~~  I purchased the metal “container” (for want of a better description) from Goodwill and thought it a satisfactory support for tender shoots (that require support).  Later, if needed, I’ll provide a taller trellis.

Believe it or not, I passed up buying two large planters (today) at Goodwill.  They were (are) large cement pedestal urns for $5. each.  A very good buy because those sell for over $40. at Garden Ridge.  But I had to question whether I need any more planters.  These were (are) very heavy and I have tried to avoid having planters too heavy for me to lift.  Correct me if I am wrong, I think the metal container is used to carry tennis balls. (Yes, for tennis balls; I checked the Internet.)

Postscript, Thurs. April 18, 2013, 2:00 PM: This morning, the Jerusalem Artichoke displayed five or six shoots.  Nothing yesterday!!  This beautiful warm weather has prompted plants to miraculously “spring forth.”

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