Chinese artichoke live tubers / roots AKA Crosnes, Chirogi, Gan Lu Zi, 甘露子 - grow your own! (Stachys affinis)


- Stachys affinis tubers for planting
- Instructions URL (document on the web)

Chinese artichoke is one of those plants that you really have to grow yourself. It is rarely available in markets and it doesn’t store very well. In climates where the soil doesn’t freeze to significant depth, it is best harvested and used fresh through fall and winter. A fresh Chinese artichoke tuber has the texture of a radish, with a flavor that combines elements of radish, turnip, and walnut

Tubers can be eaten raw or cooked. All make a good addition to salads. Cooking is generally done for short periods of time. Stir frying works very well. Steaming or briefly boiling for two to four minutes also produces good results.

In China, Japan, and Korea, Chinese artichoke is often fermented. This both serves to preserve it and increases the fraction of digestible sugars. Ingredients are sometimes added to color the tubers; in Japan, perilla is added to color them red.

Crosnes need a consistent supply of water to produce good yields. If the soil is allowed to dry out too frequently, yields will suffer. Full sun is also required to produce good yields; although tuberous mints will happily grow in shade, they don’t receive the energy necessary to form lots of tubers.

All three plants should be hardy (as tubers) down to USDA zone 6. The foliage will die by the time temperatures reach the lower 20s F (less than -4 C) but the tubers are set fairly deep and survive shallow freezing pretty well.

Row spacing of nine to fifteen inches (22.5 to 37.5 cm) works well. Tighter spacing should only be used where water is abundant. I plant on a fifteen inch spacing, which seems to increase the number of large tubers. Thirty inch (75 cm) row spacing will leave a comfortable walkway.

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Shipments are made promptly via USPS. PO boxes are acceptable but you must ensure timely pickup at your PO. If your area is still at freezing temperatures, please DO NOT ORDER cold sensitive plants or roots (such as yacon, sunchoke, etc)

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Unfortunately sometimes shipping is not kind to plants but don't worry, just notify me within 48hr of delivery and I can send replacements to you

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Fast shipping and wonderful product. Received in great packaging and planted already.

Good production next order deal

I have never grown these before I am looking forward to see how they turn out.

Very healthy thank you

They are great! They are planted and already growing. I'm so pleased. Thank you 😊

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