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Helianthus tuberosus 'Sugarball' (Jerusalem artichoke 'Sugarball')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2m
Max height
0.4m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Helianthus tuberosus 'Sugarball'

Other names

Jerusalem artichoke 'Sugarball', Sunchoke 'Sugarball', Pignut 'Sugarball', Canada potato 'Sugarball', Earth apple 'Sugarball', Indian potato 'Sugarball', Girasole 'Sugarball'

Genus

Helianthus Helianthus

Variety or Cultivar

'Sugarball' _ 'Sugarball' is a tall, robust, branching perennial with rough, ovate, dark green leaves, yellow flowerheads in late summer and early autumn, and small, white, sweet, edible tubers ready for harvest in autumn.


Helianthus tuberosus 'Sugarball' is: Deciduous

Habit

Branching, Tall

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Snails Slugs , Snails

Powdery mildew , Sclerotinia diseases Powdery mildew , Sclerotinia diseases

General care

Pruning

Leave a few tubers in th ground for the following year. In very cold areas, lift and store tubers over winter.

Propagation methods

Seed, Tuber sections


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Where to grow

Helianthus tuberosus 'Sugarball' (Jerusalem artichoke 'Sugarball') will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 0.4m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Architectural, Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Wildflower, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in loose, well-drained soil in full sun. Site carefully as may become invasive. Plant tubers 12cm deep in spring for autumn harvest. Will tolerate dry periods but water regularly for best tuber production. May require staking.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Helianthus tuberosus 'Sugarball'

Other names

Jerusalem artichoke 'Sugarball', Sunchoke 'Sugarball', Pignut 'Sugarball', Canada potato 'Sugarball', Earth apple 'Sugarball', Indian potato 'Sugarball', Girasole 'Sugarball'

Genus

Helianthus Helianthus

Variety or Cultivar

'Sugarball' _ 'Sugarball' is a tall, robust, branching perennial with rough, ovate, dark green leaves, yellow flowerheads in late summer and early autumn, and small, white, sweet, edible tubers ready for harvest in autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Branching, Tall


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Snails

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew , Sclerotinia diseases

General care

Pruning

Leave a few tubers in th ground for the following year. In very cold areas, lift and store tubers over winter.

Propagation methods

Seed, Tuber sections


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Helianthus tuberosus 'Sugarball' (Jerusalem artichoke 'Sugarball') will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 0.4m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Architectural, Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Wildflower, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in loose, well-drained soil in full sun. Site carefully as may become invasive. Plant tubers 12cm deep in spring for autumn harvest. Will tolerate dry periods but water regularly for best tuber production. May require staking.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Helianthus tuberosus 'Sugarball' (Jerusalem artichoke 'Sugarball')

Common pest name

American serpentine leaf miner; chrysanthemum leaf miner

Scientific pest name

Liriomyza trifolii

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Regulated pest already subject to review at the EU level (2013). Regularly intercepted in the trade.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Helianthus tuberosus 'Sugarball' (Jerusalem artichoke 'Sugarball')

Common pest name

African cottom leafworm; Cotton leafworm; Egyptian cotton leafworm; Egyptian cotton worm; Mediterranean climbing cutworm; Meditteranea Brocade; Tobacco cutworm

Scientific pest name

Spodoptera littoralis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Regulated pest; frequently intercepted with occasional outbreaks which have been successfully eradicated in the UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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