Husk or Strawberry Tomato
A smaller, sweeter relative of the tomatillo. Ground cherry can be eaten raw or used in pies and other desserts, sauces and preserves. Fruit is ripe when paper husk can be removed easily to reveal 3/a inch yellow cherry like fruit. Approximately 70 days to maturity from transplant.
Special Directions For Short Season Climates
SOWING: Sow seeds indoors in early spring in flats or individual peat pots. Barely cover seed with 1/16 inch fine soil. Water carefully with warm water and provide plenty of bright light.
TRANSPLANTING: Transplant indoor started seedling outdoors after all danger of frost has passed and weather has warmed considerably.
SPACING: Leave about 2 feet between plants in rows 3 feet apart or more.
GERMINATION: 2 weeks indoors at 70°. Keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Grow as you would tomatoes in sunny location with fairly rich well-drained soil. Ground cherry is slow to develop but produces abundantly later in season. A unique addition to your vegetable garden. Provide caging or trellis support or allow to sprawl along ground on clean dry mulch.