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

5 reviews

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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    Lawrence S.
    United States
    So far, great! However, I

    So far, great! However, I won't plant them until spring. If they grow, you've done well. If I can harvest ground cherries, and then make pie or jam, I'VE also done well.

    Burt P.
    United States
    Ground cherries

    90% molded prior to germination.

    Nancy D.
    United States
    They were so tiny. I

    They were so tiny. I hope they come up.

    Nancy H.
    United States
    Husk Tomatoes/Ground Cherries

    I am still waiting for the fruit. Had a very hard winter in NC and even though I started them in the house, it has taken a while for them to really take off. I am addicted to them so I cannot wait. Hopefully not too much longer. My friends in CT will be eating theirs before I eat mine.

    Ruth K.
    United States
    Good seeds

    Good seeds… We only got about 5 plants to come up out of the whole packet of ground cherry. The power bumped inside of our green house which shut off our heating elements so all of our baby plants died. We’ll try them again next spring.