What are the pros? Hearty, large yeilds, YUMMY!
What are the cons? Slow start in cool climates
I managed to get 3 plants to grow 2 years ago. A local pest (very small leaf eating variety of beetle) turned the leaves to Swiss cheese, but the plants battled through it. Once summer heat set in, the plants began to grow in earnest. It's breezy where I live so they never grew more than a couple feet tall, but spread out about 3 feet to 4 feet in diameter. The fruit began to fall to the ground in the paper husks & I began to fall in love with the delightful flavor; more & more with each savory/sweet morsel. The more pale golden, the better.
Local field mice soon discovered the treats & the battle for the golden globes began. I hardly had another totally ripe ground cherry to enjoy because they would be devoured before I'd find them. I wanted LOTS more the next season (2016) so I worked on ways to raise them up off the ground, away from the greedy mice. Then nature surprised me: about 20 plants germinated from the mice droppings. So many yummy ground cherries!!! I'll always grow more!
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