Anyone ever grow them in your gardens? Are they easy to grow, difficult,
attract bugs, or take up lots of room? It was my understanding that they
have large root structures, so they might suck up space in the dirt.
Depending upon your climate they can be invasive. In addition they're
really hard to get rid of. Another thought on them is that in most
people they cause terrible flatulence and painful abdominal gas. You
want some roots? Come by the house and dig them up, been trying to root
the !@#$% things out for about ten years now.
Yeah, I've heard that too (in Annapolis, Maryland).
They're tall (7 feet or so), so you need a space where height is not a
I'm thinking of growing some anyway. If I do, time will tell whether
I regret it.
Well, if you just want to see what they're like, they aren't that hard
to find in a grocery store or natural food store. They are often sold
under the name "sunchoke" these days.
Sorry, I've got enough of my own problems, don't need to be taking on
someone else's :) Well, since I'm about to get flooded with catnip, I might
as well toss some Sunchokes in there, turn my backyard into an invasive
species habitat - feral cats, catnip, sunchokes, strawberries, bermuda
grass, birch, I even have a new blackberry bush growing on the fenceline.
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