The Physalis plants looked particularly healthy:
Four days later, this is what one of them looked like:
Dead. No doubt about it. I dug up this plant to carry out a "post-mortem", and found that the stem had been completely eaten through, about an inch below ground level. I suspect something like a cutworm, a vine weevil larva or a chafer grub. I searched thoroughly, but I could not find the culprit.
I have now re-planted this pot with my only spare Physalis plant - I have given away all the others (I hope not prematurely). Let's hope I have more luck this time...
I have never grown Physalis before, so I am not exactly sure what to expect, but I think it will be something like a smaller version of the Tomatillo, but with fruits that are sweet rather than savoury.
|Tomatillo (Summer 2010)|