What are the pros? Wonderful taste
What are the cons? They don't start indoors well
I started these seeds indoors- they took over 4 weeks to germinate, then didn't grow much at all until they were planted in the ground in late June. They really didn't grow at all from 1" in early April until they were planted outside. Once in the ground, they took off right away, grew fast, and I am now enjoying a good harvest. We love the taste- not too sweet but really delicious. I used black garden cloth as suggested and they seem to like the heat. They should be watered regularly and be careful when watering as the fruits can be knocked off. I would never start these indoors again- just sow right into the ground when the weather is warm and you should be all set. Keep in mind these are from the nightshade family which some folks can't eat. I have a raised bed just for these- I understand they spread like crazy so I would not mix them with other vegetable or fruit plants. In some areas they grow wild so you can always put them in an out of the way place.
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