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Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry

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Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry Seeds

Physalis Pruinosa
An easy to grow bushy plant provides delightful husked berries, adding uncommon flair to the garden.
Art Pack, 50 seeds
Product ID# PH0266A , Grown in the Northeast
$3.95

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This homegrown snack is still around because Molly was a seed saver. Her nieces and nephews must have loved their Polish Aunt and her easy-to-grow, tropical-flavored husked fruits. Each comes pre-wrapped in its own natural 100% compostable papery husk. These tomato relatives can be eaten raw or prepared in jams, jellies, pies, and sauces. They can even be dried. The flavor of ground cherries defies description. We've heard pineapple, mango - and peanut butter! Grow this uncommon heirloom that's hard to find anywhere else but in your own garden.

Quick Facts
Days to Germination 7-14 days
Days to Maturity 70 days
Planting Depth ¼ inch
Spacing in Row 24 inches
Spacing Between Rows 36 inches
Height at Maturity 24-36 inches
Width at Maturity 24 inches
Growing Instructions

Grow like tomatoes: sow indoors 3-8 weeks before last frost, then transplant after frost. Can be slow to germinate; needs heat. Grows rapidly and with much branching once transplanted. Don't over-fertilize or you'll end up with bushy green plants and few fruits. May require support to keep outer branches aloft. Harvest fruit only after it drops to the ground, when it is ripe and delicious. Immature fruit are not tasty.

About the Art and Artist
Art by Lynne Friedman. Lynne Friedman's painting captures the prolific nature of this variety, with its tangled vines and husked fruits. Just like this work of art, the sprawling plants form a deep sea of green that saturates your garden - and golden fruit that saturates your palate.

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