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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: 7-14 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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I recommend this product

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

Ben C.
United States United States
Ground Cherry

Not planted

Bruce E.
United States United States
Great production

Terrific. I’ve ordered from these folks for many years

Christy J.
United States United States
Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry is so delicious and prolific! They taste like candy! Pineapple candy!

I have shopped at Pinetree for many many years. Customer service is second to none and the quality of everything I have purchased is excellent. I find myself recommending Pinetree above all other seed catalogs