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I planted mine inside around April 24. No sign of growth yet. Might have to try them again next year.
There's time, try again!
Noticed something with the last ones I started - the adventurous seeds that spilled out of the envelope and remained on the surface of the starter mix were the first to germinate! I'm going to surface sow a couple more just to test.
 

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I planted mine inside around April 24. No sign of growth yet. Might have to try them again next year.
I planted about 2 dozen ground cherries and it took them 3 to 4 weeks before they germinated.
 

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I planted 8 of them six weeks ago with all the other starts. The tomato plants are 6”’tall and the ground cherries are half that size.

About how many do you need to plant for a three gallon ferment?
 

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I planted 8 of them six weeks ago with all the other starts. The tomato plants are 6”’tall and the ground cherries are half that size.

About how many do you need to plant for a three gallon ferment?
You should be OK if Mother Nature cooperates. They produce until frost so harvest, freeze, harvest, freeze, etc.

I had 4 plants last year. Jam, snacking, smoothies. The 3 1/2 lbs in the freezer was leftover and waiting for a new use.
 

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I planted some New Hanover Ground Cherries, and wondered if anyone can tell me if this small plant is one of them. It's got purplish tint on the back side of the leaf. Thanks. Tagging @BigDaveK @ChuckD @Kross since this thread has been quiet for awhile.
Looks like it to me. Good for you!
They grow so frustratingly slow. They're shamed for being slackers by the other plants and will eventually catch up.
I start mine indoors because I have TERRIBLE luck direct seeding.

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Looks like it to me. Good for you!
They grow so frustratingly slow. They're shamed for being slackers by the other plants and will eventually catch up.
I start mine indoors because I have TERRIBLE luck direct seeding.

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Looks like you have flea beetles. They are picky little critters. They will decimate my kale and they are hard on cabbages. If there is nothing to suit their fancy they will even jump on the potatoes. I tried radishes one year and they swarmed them. Ate them to the stems.

Now I plant a sacrificial crop of radishes just to keep them distracted. They will focus on the radishes and leave most everything else alone.

Your picture doesn't show enough that I would worry about them... But it's something to keep in mind if they get unruly!
 

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Looks like it to me. Good for you!
They grow so frustratingly slow. They're shamed for being slackers by the other plants and will eventually catch up.
I start mine indoors because I have TERRIBLE luck direct seeding.

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Slow is right. My tallest ones are about 5" tall and were planted 1st of May. The other thing is that they are showing up in the oddest places--only a handful are where they were originally planted. I've got some that just germinated in the last week, so these plants are definitely not for the impatient! :tz Thanks for the ID and picture as well.
 

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I planted a couple that I bought at a nursery, and they already dropped some fruit on a super windy day. They are tiny, though. I am scared to try the fruit because I read it's poisonous until ripe.

You can see one berry that I removed the paper covering from, next to the soaker hose. I planted them about 3 weeks ago. Any thoughts as to whether it's okay to eat the fruit yet? Or chalk the early dropping up to the wind gods?
 

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Looks like you have flea beetles. They are picky little critters. They will decimate my kale and they are hard on cabbages. If there is nothing to suit their fancy they will even jump on the potatoes. I tried radishes one year and they swarmed them. Ate them to the stems.

Now I plant a sacrificial crop of radishes just to keep them distracted. They will focus on the radishes and leave most everything else alone.

Your picture doesn't show enough that I would worry about them... But it's something to keep in mind if they get unruly!
Yes, I think you're right.
I'm behind on my insect control, unfortunately. NEEM oil and diatomaceous earth (no, not together) are my usual weapons.

Cucumber beetles have always been my biggest problem and the DE works great but it needs to be applied regularly. I think the yellow sticky traps only catch the stupid ones.
 

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I planted a couple that I bought at a nursery, and they already dropped some fruit on a super windy day. They are tiny, though. I am scared to try the fruit because I read it's poisonous until ripe.

You can see one berry that I removed the paper covering from, next to the soaker hose. I planted them about 3 weeks ago. Any thoughts as to whether it's okay to eat the fruit yet? Or chalk the early dropping up to the wind gods?
When the outer cover becomes "paper-y" they're ripe.
Taste it! You may be disappointed - I honestly think they get better as the plant matures.
 

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khristyjeff, not sure about your plant. My ground cherry plants shave a dull green leaf with a velvet like texture. That looks shiny, reminds me of pigweed, of course I could be wrong
 

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khristyjeff, not sure about your plant. My ground cherry plants shave a dull green leaf with a velvet like texture. That looks shiny, reminds me of pigweed, of course I could be wrong
Thanks for that info. I'm beginning to think you're right. I do have plenty of pigweed but it looks slightly different. I'm leaning now toward it being black nightshade. I'll know soon enough, a few small flowers are forming. Just in case, I've ordered more seed which I'll start indoors so I know what they are!
 

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