Jerusalem Artichoke is NOT Deer Proof

by Judith
(Central City, KY)

Sadly - Jerusalem Artichoke is NOT Deer Proof. The deer wait until the plant (which is just a sunflower) is 18-24" tall (which is when the mother tubers has expelled all its energy) and then they eat the tops off the plant, killing it before it can make new tubers. I had a milk crate full of tubers planted and the deer killed all of them. And my sunflowers.

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Aug 12, 2017
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by: Deer

Thank you for letting us know about the deer eating your artichokes. Usually they leave them alone but it is good (or sad) to know in some cases they will eat them. Try some of the natural repellents that could easily be washed off or sprinkle the milorganite around the plants. Milorganite will be good for plant health also.

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