Pennsylvania Dutch heirloom
with a very unique pineapple, vanilla infused flavor.
Trouble-free plant is related to tomatillo, and the fruits are also enclosed in little paper "lanterns".
Ground cherries are used like berries for desserts, pies and preserves. Not as big and sweet as some tree fruits, but the only fruit you can grow from seed in your vegetable garden and have fruits the same year you plant. These are golden and about 3/4". Fruit will store 3-4 weeks in the husk.
BOTANICAL NAME: Physalis peruviana
Start in flats or pots 2 months or so before setting out. Transplant seedlings into well-composted soil after danger of frost is past. Set plants several inches deeper than in the pot-they will root along the stem. Greedy feeder-needs ample amounts of compost or decomposed manure. Needs lots of phosphorous and potassium, but not as much nitrogen. To prevent blossom-end rot, they need calcium; use gypsum or bone meal if necessary. Keep soil moist in dry weather with periodic, deep watering, and mulch.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: H/Matures 8-13/Harvest 17+/ Spacing 18"
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