wayne stephen wrote:I planted 25 or so tubers last year. They did fairly well . I am interested in this batch for stock not this years food. If I leave them where they are will they multiply or do I need to dig them up and replant? I have too many other projects right now. I have heard they become woodier as they stay in ground but I assume they will form better eating tubers if I replant later. Right now I am just interested in forming a huge patch then to become bigger patches. What results have you all had ?
- leave them alone and they will grow and expand your patch
- dig them up and divide, and they will grow and expand much faster
If you planted 25 last year, you should have plenty to divide and double the size of your patch if you want to.
You might also try planting some of the extras in containers.
- a 5-gallon bucket with rich compost will grow several pounds of sunchokes to eat next year
- plant a couple in some 1-gal pots, to share with your friends
I took a large handful from my patch and planted along a walking path near my house.
It's a semi-wild area, so I will now have a secondary patch as well.
I just threw them in a bucket with some slightly moist compost and put them in the dark crawlspace. Will they rot? Will they make it untill next may?
Should I just rebury the bucket in the garden?
Should they be dry or moist?