Tasty and tart, Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry (Physalis pruinosa) grows on productive plants that start fruiting by the end of July and continue until frost and a little beyond. Delicious, 1/2 to 3/4 inch “berries” are encased in a papery husk and have a pleasant citrus flavor. Perfect for preserves, pies, over ice cream or in fresh fruit salads. (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.