Seeds - Ground Cherry, Cossack's Pineapple OG (F)
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Description: Sweet, tropical-tasting gold berries wrapped in paper husks add magic to your garden. Bushy plants grow 2.5 - 3’ tall. When ripe, the husk around the fruit becomes papery dry and the fruit falls off the plant to pick picked up from the ground. Some people place a tarp underneath the plants to make harvesting easier, but either way, the husks keep the fruit clean.
Native to Central and South America. Use as you would a common tomato. Can be eaten raw, used in salsas, salads, as a flavouring, and in jams and jellies. Fruits are excellent in desserts. Fruits dry well.
Pack Size: 20 seeds
Latin Name: Physalis pruinosa
Main Uses: Culinary
Zone Hardiness: Annual (reseeding) (69 days)
Exposure: Full sun
Height: 50 - 70 cm (20 - 28 inches)
Certified Organic: USDA Certified Organic
Germination: 14 - 21 days at 21 - 25° C.
Sowing Indoors: 4 - 6 weeks before planting out date. Sow 1 - 2 seeds per cell. It is not recommended to start ground cherries and tomatillos too early, as they get leggy. For best results, apply Sea Magic™ kelp from first watering. Apply a seedling-starter fertilizer such as Evolve Seedling once the second set of true leaves has appeared, and then alternate between the kelp and seedling starter until transplant.
Planting Depth: Barely-covered.
Planting Out: Once all chance of frost has passed or earlier with the use of a Kozy Coat.
Plant Spacing: 60 cm (2’).
Harvesting: Fruits are ready when they are plump and the husks are splitting.
Growing in Containers: Not well-suited for containers due to height, but work well in raised beds.
Fertilizing (Containers): After transplant, avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers in favour of balanced compost - this will encourage better flower-set and yield.
Watering (Containers): Check regularly. Water deeply when soil feels dry to the touch.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Not suited for mixed planters.
Fertilizing (Garden): After transplant, avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers in favour of balanced compost - this will encourage better flower-set and yield.
Watering (Garden): Water plants daily to get roots established (about two weeks). Once established, water only as required.
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.