Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry

Physalis pruinosa

$4.45

50 seeds
VALUE SIZE: 1/5 g (approx 300 seeds)
Certified Organic
70 days. If you have never eaten a ground cherry, do yourself a favor and try these small, delectable fruits. These juicy, golden morsels are packed with sweet, tropical flavors reminiscent of pineapples. Scrumptious raw or added to smoothies, our customers have also enjoyed ground cherries in jams and pies, or dipped in chocolate and served as a decadent dessert. Ground cherries grow within a paper husk, like a tomatillo, and can be harvested once the husk is brown or when the “cherry” is on the ground. Leave the husk on, and the fruit will store on the counter for extended periods. When planted in fertile soil and full sun, expect vigorous, sprawling plants that produce reliable yields of fruit throughout the growing season. Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry is an Ark of Taste variety, originally from Poland and grown in the United States as early as 1837. NN

Start ground cherry seeds inside around 4/1. Ideal temperature for germination is 85 degrees; (use a heating mat). Days to germination: 5-14. Once leaves appear, grow plants at 72°. Plant seedlings outside late May into fertile garden soil, 18” apart. Stake plants if space is limited. Ground cherries may be susceptible to fungal diseases so practice crop rotation if you have the space - plant ground cherry plants in a spot that has not had any Solanaceae crops (tomato, peppers, eggplant, potatoes) growing there for 4 years.