Days to Maturity: 75 Days
Plant Spacing: 1 Plant per Square Foot
Sunlight Requirement: 8 - 14 Hours
Look Out For: White Fly & Spider Mites
Harvest Notes: Ground cherries are called that because they are picked up off the ground once the plant drops them
These small and delicate plants produce huge yields of tart-sweet berries. This is the common type used by the Pilgrims; excellent for pies, jams, and preserves of all kinds; also delicious fresh. The fruit grow inside a paper-like husk (the same as Tomatillos). They seem to be very drought tolerant and grow well in sandy to loamy soil. They are annuals that will produce fruit quickly, but they may not live very long. You can expect to start harvesting berries in less than a month. In Peru and some other countries they are referred to as Gooseberries or “Cape Gooseberries” or Goldenberry. These are in the same plant family as potatoes, tomatoes & eggplants so they have similar pest issues, like mites & whiteflies, so make sure to check the underside of their leaves regularly.