What are the pros? Opening the husk
What are the cons? The strange pest it attracts
My first year growing ground cherries was very educational. I bought seeds from 5 different seed companies. It turned out that that out of 5 companies only 2 sold the correct seed known as Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry). Baker is 1 of 2 that got it right. This variety should have fuzzy leaves, not smooth like all other ground cherry varieties.
My solution to the 90 day maturity factor is to start my seedlings in Jan or Feb (early). By planting time in May my plants are 4-5 months old. They already have flowers & unripe fruit when they go outside. I repot my plants into 10-15 gallon grow bags. They grow huge by July. The first ripe fruit starts coming in late June/early July. By August we have bowls of fruit.
The fruit is about the size of regular black cherries. If you're looking for something different try these, they're tasty. If you live in the north, start early. The ugly pest (my con) is a nasty maggotty type that poops on itself as defense! Ugh!!! Spray with Neem!
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