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Ground Cherry - What a great plant

 
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I am growing Aunt Mollys ground cherries this year and I'm really happy with the abundant yield and the plant itself. I'm so impressed with the size, they must be 4-5ft across and 2ft high, all from one tiny seed... I think I'm going to plant these out on the boulevard next year and see how the neighbours take to it.

A bit of a pointless post, but there ya go.
 
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We don't plant them any more. They spread themselves.

Squish a few fruits where you want some next year.
 
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What do you do with them? I"ve eaten a couple unripe thus far, not all bad, I"m sure there's more good uses out there...

The bumblebee's have been thick on this plant the whole summer, very pleased.
 
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You shouldn't eat ground cherries unripe. They're in the nightshade family and toxic to a certain degree when they are immature. I'm fixing to grow some of these soon. They have protein in them.
 
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I agree a great plant. They do self seed easily, and for me the added benefit is that the chipmunks seem to prefer them to my tomatoes (which still get hit a little anyway).
 
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Do they take one bite out of each ground cherry? Cute little varmints.
 
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My close observation of chipmunks is that they eat the fruit and pack the seeds away into their cheek pouches for later use. Ground cherries are small enough that they eat the whole fruit, tomatoes are not; so I just leave them on the ground for later browsing which works most of the time. Squirrels one the other hand seem to prefer to destroy a good fruit each time. grrrrrrrrr!
 
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I just picked up ten packs of ground cherry seeds. So excited. I've been throwing them around and have even been starting them normally in containers that I, gasp, water...
 
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