stoked on my 'chokes
Gear mentioned in this thread:
Have some ready to harvest, even the new plants have got itty bitty chokes on them. Hey phatch try doing a shade cloth drape when the weather starts to turn, help them form getting frostbite. I also let one choke go untouched so it can have a chance to seed some more in the area.
It does depend slightly on what usda zone your in from what she says. Here in the foothills of California we just planted them early feb, still had frost and lots of rain. They are very hardy and apparently difficult to kill (unless you transplant them wrong which is how I lost the ones from a couple of years ago.) They like sunny spots and decent amounts of water but not alot. To be honest these things get ignored in the winter we didn't even put shade cloth on to help them stay warm. My biggest one didn't die back last year, he is a brute. In places colder then here, they will die back (the roots stay alive) so trim off teh dead leaves , leave the main stem alone an remember to mark the spot with a flag so you remember where it was. they do need space, my main plant is about 4-5 foot around in circumference and has huge elephant ear type of leaves. hope this helps