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Has anyone had any experience with ground cherries? How do I space them and does this plant like to ramble?
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I grow these in my driveway garden,which is a little strip of dirt between the driveway and chainlink fence. They do not ramble,and they do not need staking like a tomato plant.Remind me of small bush bean plants.A few inches apart and they did well for me. I can't find a pic of the plant,but I did post the berries on my page:




I planted tomatillos with the ground cherried too!

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I let them vine on the ground.  They do ramble a bit.  If you train them up, they'll be easier to find, but I'm too lazy for that.


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I plant mine near tomatillos too, since they always take up more room than I think they will.  They grow like tomatillos but don't get nearly as big.  At least mine don't.  I don't train them up but let them go where they want.  The heavy branchs (stalks?) do bend down, hit the ground and then grow little roots.  I'm traveling a lot this summer (gone for 8 straight weeks) and only planted things that will be consumed by early July, so ground cherries were out.  I'll miss those little berries!

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I've just let mine ramble, too. In my experience, they don't get huge - they maybe cover a square foot or two of space. I'm in a short-season area (zone 4), though, so maybe in a warmer area they'd have time to get larger.

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