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Pineapple Ground Cherry

Pineapple Ground Cherry

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Ground cherries, also known as cape gooseberries, are closely related to tomatillos but boast a unique sweet and tart flavor; 'Pineapple' adds a hint of pineapple, too, and produces an abundance of 1/2" fruits, so you will be able to try several recipes. Excellent in salsa, dried, cooked into jam, or baked like other fruits. As the name suggests, harvest ground cherries when they have fallen to the ground.

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  • Variety Info
  • Sowing Info
  • Growing Info

Variety Info

Days to Maturity: 75 days from transplanting

Family: Solanaceae

Native: Mexico and Central America

Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual

Exposure: Full sun

Plant Dimensions: 12"-18" tall and 18"-24" wide

Variety Info: ½" yellow fruit inside a papery husk

Attributes: Frost Sensitive

Sowing Info

When to Sow Outside: 2 to 4 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 80°–85°F.

Days to Emerge: 10 days

Seed Depth: ¼"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 18"

Row Spacing: 36"

Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 18"

Growing Info

Harvesting: Fruit is at its sweetest when it falls to the ground (hence the name, ground cherry) and has turned to a warm golden yellow. If the color of the fallen fruit is still light yellow, bring them indoors to ripen in their husks at room temperature.