Ground Cherry, Aunt Molly's
- Prolific and super sweet
- Fruits grow to ½ to ¾ inch
- Fruits have a papery husk
- Sweet variety that stores well
- 70 days from transplant
(Physalis grisea) Easy to grow, prolific, and super sweet, this ground cherry works well for preserves and pies, over ice cream, and in fresh fruit salads, or can simply be eaten straight out of the garden. The plants have a sprawling habit and produce ½-¾" fruits encased in a papery husk that turns brown when the fruits ripen. Longtime Seed Savers Exchange member Suzanne Ashworth received this variety from a young woman who lived in an apartment and was unable to grow the seeds, which she had received from her deceased grandmother. 70 days from transplant.
Start Indoors: 6 weeks before last frost
Germination: 14 Days
Plant Outdoors: 12-18” Apart
Light: Full Sun
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Plant out when the danger of frost has passed. Excellent results when grown on landscape cloth, which suppresses weeds and makes collecting the fruits easier.