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Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry (Organic Heirloom 70 Days)

Polish Heirloom 1837

Smooth, marble-sized fruits are indigenous to the high altitudes of South America, eventually finding their way to Europe in the 18th century. Have a sweet, tangy, citrus flavor ending with a hint of vanilla- plus after an employee taste test, Julie claimed that it tasted like a pina colada. Abundant harvests of golden fruit are enclosed in papery husks turning green to yellow/brown, dropping to the ground when ripe, continuing to sweeten while waiting to be harvested. Sweet or savory uses: add these to salads, jams, smoothies, preserves, pies, and even dry like raisins. When stored with the husk on they can last a month. Grows to 2 feet high by 4 feet wide. 

40 seeds

Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry (Organic Heirloom 70 Days)



Physalis pruinosa

Germination: 10-25 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 75-85ºF. Cooler soil temperatures increase germination time.

Seed Sowing Depth: ¼” deep

Starting Indoors:6-8 weeks before last frost. Sow in flats/cells/pots. Provide 75-85ºF soil temperatures. Fertilize the seedlings every 7-10 days with a liquid or water soluble fertilizer (diluted to ¼ of suggested measurement). Transplant seedlings 24-48” apart after last frost.

Sowing Outdoors: Not recommended, especially in northern areas

How much does a packet plant: 20-25 foot single row  

Harvest: The fruits must be fully ripe to eat. Fruits are golden in color, covered in a papery husk and will fall to the ground when they are ripe. They have a long shelf life, a month or more after harvest when the husks are left on.

Tips: Plant in fertile soil, amend with composted if needed. It helps to use row cover early in the season, giving the plants extra warmth, especially in the north. Side dress when flowers begin to form. Place some type of cloth under the plants for an easier harvest.





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Mike T.
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I recommend this product


It was great. Your catalog is the best I’ve seen.

Delia M.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Did not germinate

Unfortunately, none of the seeds germinated. They were in the same south window with zucchini and morning glory that germinated really well. Not sure what went wrong, but won't order these again.


Pinetree Garden Seeds

Hello Delia, We apologize that you had issues with germination on the ground cherry. This can be a difficult one to germinate and can take up to 30+ days to germinate. They need consistent heat above 75degrees and prefer some sort of coverage to keep the moisture in such as plastic wrap or a plastic dome cover. We do have a 90 day germination guarantee so we are happy to replace the seed or give you a refund. Happy Gardening! Matthew

Jazlyn S.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Poor germination

These seeds were difficult to sprout. Only 6 of 18 sprouted and only 1 after reseeding again. Apparently not easy to grow from seed…


Pinetree Garden Seeds

Hello Jazlyn, We apologize that you have had poor germ on the ground cherry. They can be difficult but also require very consistent temps and watering. They can also take up to 30 plus days to germinate. We do have a 90 day germination guarantee so we are happy to replace your packet or refund. Thank you! Matthew

United States United States
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These plants got huge and produced like crazy but I prefer the flavor of the pineapple ground cherry. But these far surpassed the pineapple ground cherry in productivity.

Debbie S.
United States United States

Ground cherries.

Lots of ground cherries. Huge plants