Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry in Growbox

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Planted out my 6-week old aunt molly's ground cherry, sharing growbox with a gretel eggplant and soon-to-sprout zucchini. Really curious about this one! I expected it to look / act like a tomato. Instead, isn't it perfectly matched with its little eggplant buddy? It has its first buds already, looking forward to seeing the flowers.

 

20110516: first bloom open, 2 days after planting out

Harvest:

growbox ground cherry : 86 to 7/17 (first 6+ weeks from transplant, 12 weeks from seed)

died suddenly 7/30.

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The ground cherry died

The ground cherry died suddenly this weekend, don't know why. Was looking a bit fungusy and limp for a day or so, but the day before death was a mild drizzly day - no challenge. Oh, well.

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Oh, cool, Beth. How big is

Oh, cool, Beth. How big is the ground cherry volunteer?

The seedlings I planted in mid-June had flowers on them when I gave them away a week or so ago. They probably have time.

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I found a ground cherry

I found a ground cherry volunteer in the garden - I'm going to let it grow and see if it'll produce before fall!

 

 

 

 

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Quit counting, but probably

Quit counting, but probably 2-3 times as many ground cherries this week as last (200?) They do taste good once the berry is fully golden, 2-3 weeks after falling off the plant. One of my daughter's friends turned out to be a fan, so gave her half the aging cherry collection, plus the two small plants I'd started, which were both flowering and in urgent need of planting out. They'll be loved - that's cool.

 

 

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With 60 ground cherries

With 60 ground cherries harvested this week, definitely time to stop counting. A steady stream. They really do taste better aged. My daughter seems to be eating them, tho I'm mostly waiting.

  

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Thanks, Beth!

Thanks, Beth!

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Found some info on ground
Found some info on ground cherries and a cool recipe for a pie. They need to be really, really ripe. They say to let them sit for a week AFTER they fall off the plant. Makes sense, I had a volunteer grow in the garden last year that I ignored - by the time I ate the fruit it must have been a couple of weeks. I recall them tasting pretty good. http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cornucop/msg070007434839.html http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cornucop/msg0617594820241.html Beth

 

 

 

 

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Ground cherry harvesting

Ground cherry harvesting regularly now. Collecting up fruit in a bowl to finish ripening. I don't have any older than a week yet, but the week-old fruits do taste a lot better than new ones. Haven't eaten a fully gold fruit yet. Hacked back the plant to give the eggplant more room.

8 week transplant aunt molly's ground cherry - cut back, harvesting  8 weeks from transplant - ground cherries bowl-ripening

Need to find a home for the extra seedlings I started. If not within the next week, will probably just toss 'em.

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Ah. I was afraid of that.

Ah. I was afraid of that. Strangely unappealing flavor. We eat one, or two, and then stop. Even guinea pig opinion is divided - one will eat ground cherries, the other refused. Pity.

Mixing with apple might improve them. Tho more likely they'd spoil the flavor of a perfectly good apple.

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Hi Gisette, Yup, cool
Hi Gisette, Yup, cool plant. Sorry, didn't want to say anything, but we weren't fond of them either. Shame since they grow so well. I was hoping your variety was tastier... Beth

 

 

 

 

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