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Post  johnp on 5/8/2014, 10:46 am

I planted tomatoes and eggplant last weekend and was going to do the rest this weekend. The temperature got to 36 degrees last night but everything still looks OK. This Sunday however looks like a killer with a low of 29. I will of course cover with everything I have but if worse comes to worse I still have the reserves in trays. Not many but some. This brings me to my question. I have two tomatillo's in reserve but only one ground cherry. If I lose the all ready planted plants will the ground cherry be able to bear fruit with only the tomatillo's for pollination?
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Post  camprn on 5/8/2014, 2:45 pm

Cover all frost sensitive plants. I am not sure if they can pollinate each  other. Arent they different species?

http://myfolia.com/plants/21-tomatillo-physalis-ixocarpa

http://myfolia.com/plants/741-ground-cherry-physalis-pruinosa/varieties/1375-aunt-mollys

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Post  llama momma on 5/8/2014, 3:48 pm

This will be my third year growing ground cherries.  Last year I grew one plant and it threw hundreds of berries without a second plant.  I don't know how it pollinates, the thing just grows like a weed.  In my experience it has done extremely well in a sfg box.  It produced terribly in a container.
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Post  johnp on 5/8/2014, 5:35 pm

Thanks llama momma for that info. I thought tomatillo's and ground cherries needed at least two plants produce fruit. Of course I hope to make it through this cold snap but it looks fairly solid. I have dug up all my old sheets and pots and everything else for the weekend and will delay further planting until sometime next week
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Post  southern gardener on 5/8/2014, 5:38 pm

oh boy...I hope you make it!!  Good luck! our tomatillos are covered in flowers, and the plants are growing like mad! Never grown them before....generally, does each flower really make a tomatillo or do some die off??
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Post  johnp on 5/8/2014, 5:43 pm

You will not need to ask that question soon. Be prepared Shocked
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