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Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

March 21, 2014
8:01 PM

Post #9795037

I'm growing ground cherries for the first time this year. Are the seeds inside the fruit, like they are in a tomato, and do I need to ferment the seeds in order to save them, like I do with tomatoes? Are the seeds mature when the fruit is ripe? I want to make sure I save seeds for next year! :-)

Glenda
Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

March 22, 2014
2:35 AM

Post #9795150

I found a wonderful article on ground cherries, which includes how to save its seeds, at the link below. This sounds like the PERFECT plant to grow and enjoy with our 6 grandchildren! They will LOVE them!!! ...I'm excited to try them myself! :-)

http://www.cog.ca/uploads/TCOG%20Articles/Ground%20cherries.pdf
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 22, 2014
8:14 PM

Post #9795778

Great link. I grew these and Cape Gooseberries for the second season last yr and it's good to know that these 2 don't x. I've read that they are poisonous if eaten when they aren't fully ripe, thus they should be allowed to fully ripen and drop from the plant, before being consumed. I noticed that after planting them once they readily reseed and very few make it back to the house bc I eat them in the garden...lol. I thought they germinated really fast and I would almost consider them a weed. In my climate I don't start them ahead of time but direct seed them in case the others didn't reseed. The plant doesn't really need to be staked, it's a small tidy shrub that will produce tons of fruit with very little effort on your part. Let us know how it goes, please.
Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

March 23, 2014
6:02 PM

Post #9796382

Will do, 1lisac!! I'm excited to grow them!

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