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65-70 days. When ripe the fruit turns a golden orange color and drops to the ground. It makes a tasty jam, perfect for gift giving. An unusual and rewarding addition to fruit salads and smoothies. Will store up to 3 months in the husk. Aunt Molly’s came to us as an unnamed line. Territorial selected and released it as Aunt Molly’s, named after Tom and Julie’s first business Aunt Molly’s Ice Cream Treats.
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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews

Grows well in the PNW, sweet and yummy so fun to snack on. Will easily reseed itself and truly last a long time after harvest. I think it tastes like pineapple and almost everyone I know loves them. Definitely something you should get!

Don't think of them as tomatoes

Ground cherries are a wonderful fruit that are really nothing like tomatoes. I find that they take a long time to germinate and grow, so I start them indoors even sooner than tomatoes and peppers for my zone 5 garden.
They seem to do better with the additional heat from black plastic mulch.
My favorite use is ground cherry pie, although if you have family members with diverticulitis, they won't be able to eat them due to the seeds.

Produced even in Colorado zone 5b climate

The directions on the package specifically say not recommended for outdoor sowing, I took a risk and I went on ahead and I sowed them in some straw bales. Not only did they actually sprout they also produced fruit prior to the end of my growing season. I live on the plains where it is quite windy in Colorado where the weather can be quite harsh zone 5B.

Soil Temp for Germ 70–90°F
Seed Depth ¼"
Days to Emergence 6–14
Soil Temp for Transp 55°F
Plant Spacing 18-36"
Row Spacing 3–4'
Fertilizer Needs High
Minimum Germination 75%
Seeds per Gram See below
Seed Life 3 years

Physalis spp. These tasty summer treats are even more mineral-dense than tomatoes, packed with unique phytochemicals and flavonoids.

Days to maturity are calculated from date of transplant.

• Fertile, well drained, raised beds covered with plastic mulch promote early growth and better yields
• Tomatillos & Ground Cherries are high feeders and will benefit from regular fertilization with Age Old Bloom
• Overwatering can cause fruit to crack

Direct Sowing
• Not recommended

• Sow seeds in trays 6-8 weeks before anticipated transplant date; transplant into 3-4 inch pots when the first set of true leaves appears
• Strong light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F) prevent plants from getting leggy
• Fertilize with Age Old Grow every 10-14 days
• When transplanting work in compost, 1/2 cup of TSC's Complete fertilizer, and handful of bone meal
• Can be buried up to the top 2 sets of leaves
• Use Kozy-Coats or Victorian Bell Cloches to protect young plants

Insects & Diseases
• Common insects: Flea beetles and tomato hornworms
• Insect control: Pyrethrin or row cover for flea beetles, and Monterey B.t. for tomato hornworms
• Common diseases: Early and late blight
• Disease prevention: A strict 3-4 year rotation, remove vines at the end of the year, fungicide

Harvest & Storage
• Tomatillos: ripe when papery husk has dried up or folded back to reveal plump fruit
• Ground Cherries: ripe fruit will fall to the ground
• Do not refrigerate for best flavor

Seed Count
• Tomatillo: approximately 60-65 seeds per 1/8 gram, about 500 seeds per gram
• Ground cherry: approximately 150 seeds per 1/8 gram, about 1200 seeds per gram; 7 grams per 1/4 ounce

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