Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sunchokes, Longevity spinach and Roselle

I'm growing Sunchokes (Jerusalem artichoke), Longevity spinach (Gynura procumbens), and Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) for the first time this summer.

I bought 3 Sunchoke tubers and kept them in the fridge for a month.  All 3 came up just fine.  The plants are quite attractive, and should have yellow sunflower type blooms. They can get quite tall - up to 12 feet - so I planted them where they wouldn't interfere too badly with other plants.

Here's one of the plants today:

It will be interesting to see what happens since I've read on several blogs that they are highly invasive. If you're not striving to grow a "food forest", you might want to check out this Blog Post.

The longevity spinach has been a nice addition to the garden.

It is an excellent salad green.  If hubby will eat it, it's a winner in the garden! This was just a 3" long slip when I planted it in March, the day after I got it in the mail. I bought 4 slips but only planted one right away and put the other 3 in water.  I thought it was too cold to get them in the ground so I only experimented with one.  But the one sprig I planted was just fine and the others bit the dust within a week in the house.  My bad.

I have planted at least half a dozen Roselle seeds in different areas of the yard but this one is the only one to survive so far, and it is looking fantastic!  Very excited about that.

I'm crossing my fingers it will produce the calyces my Daughter-in-Law raves about!

I love discovering new plants!


  1. Wow. . . I mean just wow. You are creating quite the garden! I'm going to have to research the longevity spinach. We eat the heck out of salads in our home (balanced nicely with plenty of ice-cream and french fries). :-)

  2. I sent you some Roselle seeds, I hope they'll grow for you! I now regret not sending you a few slips of the longevity spinach! They go great with French Fries and Coffee Ice Cream! Today I have a pop tart, yogurt, champagne mango and sweet potato sitting on my desk. Guess what I ate first? LOL!