Green Cherries


I kept looking for something to happen with these plants. They have many more blooms now. I couldn’t find any of those pods developing. They were never going to make fruit at this rate!

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Ground Cherries developing under the branches

I bent down to inspect the bush closer. When I lifted the branches I was very surprised. The fruit develops and hangs downward on the underneath side well hidden and protected from view. There’s quite a little crop under there!!

 

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One Ground Cherry I opened

 

 

 

 

 

 
I picked a few to taste. It wasn’t impressive. I thought it was much like eating a green tomato. I pondered on that for a while. I thought I remembered that this was something that could be marvelous. Maybe it wasn’t ripe….Oh ya! I had a look at the picture from the package and sure enough they end up yellow - not green. There’s hope yet.

One problem is that I have something happening under the ground in this patch. Some sunflowers in the next row as well as one huge Ground Cherry plant is dead for no clear reason. I must have some kind of a root maggot lurking there. I had the same problem last year with the sunflowers, and I remember one year before that, that I could see the devastation spreading from one row to another. I don’t know what to do about it.   :((

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Dead plant

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Do you have any ideas?

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8 Responses to “Green Cherries”

  1. Naomi says:

    I don’t think you have any of these because there aren’t big sunflower crops up where you live to support sunflower specific bugs, but it was a good read:
    http://ipmworld.umn.edu/chapters/charlet2.htm
    I think it’s something else that just happens to like sunflowers on top of whatever else it likes.
    I’m so excited that you are growing ground cherries! That’s so utterly cool!

  2. Anonymous says:

    is this the same as a tomatillo??

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