Image Chinese Artichoke or Crosnes Plant with dark green spearmint-shaped leaves in a 1.5 litre pot - as sold by Urban Bounty NZ

Crosne (Chinese Artichoke) Plants


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Chinese Artichoke is an expensive rarity in the shops, but very easy to grow.  If you are an Asian food lover, then try growing this taste sensation in a large pot in your kitchen garden.  The purple flowers will add a little colour to your patio too!  

Urban Bounty Chinese Artichoke plants come in a 1.5 litre pot.  

What is Chinese Artichoke (Crosne, Japanese Artichoke, Knotroot, Chorogi)

Chinese Artichoke (Stachys affinis) isn't an Artichoke at all, but is actually part of the Mint family.  Originating from China, it is also found in India, Japan and France.  (In France, the Chinese Artichoke was first cultivated in Crosne, hence the alternative name.)

This vegetable/herb is a perennial that produces edible tubers or roots.  The lush green leaves look very similar to Mint or Lemon Balm.  In summer, the plant produces gorgeous pink to mauve flowers.  

Culinary Uses for Chinese Artichoke 

One of the most popular ways to cook Crosne roots is to pickle them.  The tubers can also be eaten fresh or cooked and have a nutty flavour that is similar to Water Chestnuts or Jerusalem Artichoke.  Try the roots cooked with carrots and potatoes, or toss cooked Crosne together with leafy greens, spring onions and a vinaigrette.  The roots can also be sautéed in butter before a little cream and sprinkle of chopped herbs are added.  (Basil, Parsley and Thyme go well.)

There is no need to peel the tubers before cooking - clean them with water and store in a dark place to avoid discolouration.  

Growing Conditions - Chinese Artichoke, Crosne

Chinese Artichokes thrive in light shade but will tolerate some sun. Plant 7cm deep in slightly acidic, moist but well-draining soil. (Spaced the plants 20-30cm apart so the tubers don’t get crowded.) This plant can spread rapidly, so we recommend planting it in a contained space or large pot.  

Small amounts of compost and seaweed tea will keep Crosne healthy, but avoid feeding it too much nitrogen-rich fertiliser. (We like to add compost to which seaweed has been added, but not animal manure.) Make sure your plants don't dry out over summer.  

It takes five to seven months for Chinese artichoke plants to develop tubers, with each plant producing up to 80 small translucent white tubers (about 5cm by 2.5cm thick).  The tubers are usually harvested from autumn - winter, when the plant is dormant.  Lift them out of the ground like a Potato, leaving some for next season's growth.   

What type of climate do Crosne (Chinese Artichoke) prefer?

 Chinese Artichoke leaves aren't frost hardy, but the underground roots are hardier.  This plant is more suited to warmer climates, but if you would like to try growing it in a cooler area, we recommend that you grow it in a pot that can be over-wintered in a warm spot, and mulch to protect the roots.

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  


Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote:  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options:

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.