Recorded as early as 1837 in Pennsylvania and still common at roadside stands in late summer. Ground Cherry fruits are 1/2 to 3/4″ in diameter and are encased in a papery husk that turns brown when the fruits are ripe. Stores 3-4 weeks in the husk. Extremely productive plants have a sprawling habit and grow 18″ tall and 24″ wide.
Excellent citrus flavor, can be used for preserves, pies, over ice cream or in fresh fruit salads. Starts fruiting by the end of July and continues until frost and a little beyond, extremely productive. (70 days from transplant) CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Each packet contains approximately 50 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Plants are easy to grow, prefer warm temperatures (not hot), full sun and protection from wind. Start inside 4-8 weeks prior to the last frost of spring. Do not allow the soil to dry out — keep moist! Transplant outside after the soil has warmed. Space seedlings 2-3 feet apart in all directions.
Fruits are ripe when yellow-orange in color and covers turn papery, about 100 days from sowing. Pick by hand or allow to drop to the ground. Fruits are long-lasting and can be stored for several months.