Ground cherries

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  1. suelandress

    suelandress Windy Island Acres Supporter

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    Will groundcherries (aka cape goosberries) ripen after they are picked?? They are starting to ripen now, but as soon as that husk gets its "i'm ready to eat" golden hue, something eats it.....all I find are the husks :(
     
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    culpeper Well-Known Member

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    I find that a lot of the fruit will fall off before they are fully ripe, and yes, they do ripen if just left sitting around. I leave them in their little paper cases. It seems that they need to be fully formed before this will happen, though - in your case, as they are beginning to ripen, they will continue to do so after harvesting.
     

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    suelandress Windy Island Acres Supporter

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    THANK YOU!!! I was begining to wonder if noone else ever grew them!!
     
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    I didn't think that anything else ate a ground cherry. Rabbits and squirrels won't bother them. If left on the ground too long, nightcrawler worms will eat the husk but leave the fruit alone. Slugs sometimes will eat a small portion of one but even they do not really like them. When mine are at their peak, I may have a week to 10 days accumulation before gathering them. If you are only finding empty husks, either the fruit did not develop or someone else is eating them!

    Martin
     
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    suelandress Windy Island Acres Supporter

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    What has everybody disliking them??

    I would guess they aren't filling in then, because the only other "somebody" around here is my husband, and as far as he knows, fruit and vegetables grow in the supermarket in cellophane wraps :D
     
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    Love 'em. I had pineapple flavored ones that were soooo good! DD eats them by the handful. I think usually the husk protects them. They volunteer freely.
     
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    I love them and the grand kids really like them, too.
    Growing season here is just a bit too short for them to prosper here.
     
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    I grew up in Iowa with ground cherry preserves being my favorite. They grew ok in MI, but dont do well here in Arkansas, so I havent had any for some time.
     
  9. Cara

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    Where can you get seeds? My friend and I were just talking about them...making things of them, I mean, but AI don't recall seeing seeds.
     
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    suelandress Windy Island Acres Supporter

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    Territorial and Gurneys are two, but I'm sure others carry them.
     
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    Cara Well-Known Member

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    Maybe I just didn't look hard enough! Territorial is 20 minutes from us, and I'm in there often. I'll need to open my eyeballs. Thanks for the info!