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Jerusalem Artichokes - layering an alternative way to propagate?

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Location: Netherlands (moderate maritime climate)
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Last year (October 2016) I cut the stems of my sunchoke patch at the end of our backyard. I dumped them on the ground so I could grind/chip them later for mulching.
When after I few weeks I finally had time for grinding, I noticed that 2 stems grew tiny new sunchoke tubers.

But before I could replant these tubers our two free range rabbits got hold of these stems ..... So I have to wait for next year.
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Two sunchoke stems with tiny tubers
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The sunchoke patch
My honeysuckle is blooming this year! Now to fertilize this tiny ad:
Heat your home with the twigs that naturally fall of the trees in your yard
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