Ground Cherry - Yellow

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GR26701A (0.1 g 100-120 seeds)

This out of the ordinary yellow ground cherry has many names including Dwarf Cape Gooseberry, and Yellow Husk Tomato.  An Amish heirloom plant that produces a small nickel sized, yellow, edible berry that is surrounded by a papery husk.  It has a sweet flavor that is similar to pineapple. The short spreading vines produce abundantly and grow to about 61 cm (24”) tall, having a spread that is 61 cm (24”) wide. The fruit is ripe when the husk drops off the plant. Excellent in soups, sauces, pies, or eating fresh.

 

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Ground cherries, also known as husk cherries or Physalis, are easy to grow and do well in a wide range of climates. They can be grown from seed or transplanted seedlings, and prefer well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. Plant seeds or seedlings 2.5cm (1”) deep and 45-60cm (18-24”) apart in rows spaced 90-120cm (36-48”) apart. Water the seedlings immediately after planting, and keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged throughout the growing season. Ground cherries do not require much fertilizer, but can benefit from a balanced fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season. Provide support for the plants as they grow by using stakes or a trellis to keep the stems upright. Harvest the ground cherries when they are fully ripe, and the husks have turned brown and papery. Ground cherries can be eaten fresh, used in jams and sauces, or dried for later use.

Soil Conditions: Well-drained soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5. Planting Depth: Plant seeds or seedlings 2.5cm (1”) deep. Germination: 7-14 days. Height at Maturity: 60-90cm (24-36”) tall. Days to Maturity: 70-90 days. Watering: Keep soil evenly moist but not waterlogged throughout the growing season. Sun/Shade: Full sun. Spacing after Thinning: Space plants 45-60cm (18-24”) apart in rows spaced 90-120cm (36-48”) apart.