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physalis ixocarpa

Büllingen, Belgium(Zone 6b)

This year I have grown the Physalis ixocarpa for the first time. I like te fruit very much, but it seems not ripe enough to harvest the seeds. Or am I wrong?
The fruit falls on the bottom if they are green/purple.
Can someone tell me when the seeds are ripe?

Thanks in advance,

Jonna

Büllingen, Belgium(Zone 6b)

Still looking for the answer.

Jonna

Holladay, UT(Zone 5a)

Hi Jonna,

From what I've been told, you need to collect the seeds when the berry/fruit is fully ripe. They should be turning a bit purple when they are fully ripe. Also, they would fill the papery cover, and the cover would be splitting a little. As you probably know, you need 2 or more plants as they are self-sterile. Supposedly, it helps if you collect seeds from two different plants and grow them out.

I've never grown them myself, so this is just information that was shared with me by a neighbor who grows them. She is always successful, so I'd imagine that this advice is good enough to try!

Natalie

Büllingen, Belgium(Zone 6b)

Hi Natalie,

Thank you for the info.
I have 3 plants together and there are seeds in the fruits, but because they are still 'crispy' to eat, I was wondering if the seeds were ripe at that moment. The papery cover has splitted almost completely, so I suppose the seeds will be ripe.

Jonna

Holladay, UT(Zone 5a)

Hi Jonna,

I'm not sure, but I don't think these ever get as soft as a regular tomato, and if the papery cover is split, I would think that they are ready. I've always bought mine, and they were always very firm and green. My neighbor showed me some of hers last year, and they were just barely starting to turn a little purple, and she said they were ready because the papery skin was split. She usually picks them before that though, since she makes salsa verde out of them, and you don't want them to be as sweet as they are when they are really ripe. I did hold one, and it was very firm, so I think you are okay to save the seeds now. I'm no expert though! Hopefully someone else will be able to provide more information for you.

My neighbor is out of town, or I'd go ask for some more information!

Natalie

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