Ground Cherry, Aunt Molly's
- Fruits grow to ½ to ¾ inch
- Fruits have a papery husk
- Sweet variety that stores well
- 70 days from transplant
(Physalis grisea) Longtime SSE member Suzanne Ashworth got this ground cherry seed from a young woman who lived in an apartment and was unable to grow the seeds which she had gotten from her deceased grandmother. Most of the seeds were long past germination, but Suzanne was able to grow 3 plants, and from that near extinction, this variety is now widely available. Easy to grow, prolific, and super sweet. Can be used for preserves, pies, over ice cream, or in fresh fruit salads. The ½-¾" fruits are encased in a papery husk that turns brown when the fruits ripen. Stores 3-4 weeks in the husk. Productive plants have a sprawling habit. 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.