Tomatillos & Ground Cherries
Pineapple Ground Cherry Organic
75 days. This out of the ordinary yellow ground cherry has a flavor that is sweet, fruity, and really does remind you of a pineapple. Makes a unique and wonderful salsa. The short spreading vines produce abundantly.
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Physalis spp.: These tasty summer treats are even more mineral-dense than tomatoes, packed with unique phytochemicals and flavonoids.
CULTURE: Both tomatillos and ground cherries are easy to grow. Start indoors as you would tomatoes. Growing tips are the same. Direct sowing outdoors is not recommended.
DISEASES AND INSECTS: Natural genetic plant resistance is the best form of disease control. For diseases like early and late blight, a strict 3 year rotation and a sanitation program that includes destroying all the vines at the end of the year are your best defenses. Contact your local county extension agent for more information.
HARVEST: Fruit is ripe when the light brown papery husk has folded back to reveal the plump berry. Ripe fruit will soon fall to the ground.
SEED SPECS: Minimum germination standard: 75%. Usual seed life: 3 years. 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.
CULTURE: Sow seeds indoors into sterile seedling mix 6-8 weeks before your last spring frost. Plant, water lightly, and cover with plastic or a Propagation Dome to keep the seeds from drying out. When the first set of true leaves has emerged, up-pot into 3-4 inch pots and place in an area with full light and cooler temperatures (60-70°F). This will help prevent legginess. Water carefully, allowing the soil to dry on the surface between watering, but don't let the plants wilt. Fertilize with fish emulsion every 10-14 days. Seven to ten days before you want to transplant outside, set the plants in a sheltered area outdoors to harden off. Bring in or cover at night to protect from frost. After the danger of frost has passed, transplant into well worked garden soil. Blend 1/4 cup of our complete fertilizer into the soil around each plant. If you have acid soils or have been bothered by blossom end rot, a handful of bone meal should also be added. Space determinate varieties 18-24 inches apart and indeterminate varieties 20-30 inches apart. Allow 3-4 feet between rows. If your plants have become leggy, plant them deeper; the stems will actually sprout roots. Water very lightly at first, allowing the stems to adapt.. To promote early growth and better yields use season extending products such as Wallo' Waters, Kozy Coats, Victorian Bell Cloches, or Red Plastic Mulch.
INSECTS/PESTS: Use Pyrethrin or crop row covers to discourage flea beetles early in the season, when they can be most destructive. Tomato hornworms can be controlled with Bacillus thuringienses (a bacteria also known as B.t.) sold as Monterey B.t. (ZIN503).
DISEASES: Natural genetic plant resistance is the best form of disease control. For diseases like early and late blight, a strict 3 year rotation and a sanitation program that includes destroying all the vines at the end of the year are your best defenses. Contact your local county extension agent for more information.
KEY TO TOMATO DISEASE RESISTANCE AND TOLERANCE
HR indicates high resistance.
IR indicates intermediate resistance.
AB | Early (Alternaria) Blight
B | Bacterial Wilt
F* | Fusarium Wilt
FOR | Fusarium Crown and Root Rot
L | Gray Leaf Spot
LB | Late Blight
LM | Leaf Mold
N | Roundworm | Nematode
PL | Corky Root Rot
PST | Bacterial Speck
RK | Root-Knot
TMV | Tobacco Mosaic Virus
ToMV* | Tomato Mosaic Virus
TSWV | Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus
TYLCV | Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus
V | Verticillium Wilt
* Numbers indicate specific disease race.
Overall Rating: Write a Review
Jul 10, 2015 | By Tammy Thompson
I have to plant more next year. I have about 8 plants and I can't get enough. Everyday I go into my garden to work I pick the ripe ones, peel and eat. It makes a wonderful garden snack. But I want extra to put into my salsa. Nobody else in my family likes these so I think it is a personal love or hate crop.
Apr 23, 2013 | By Jill H
I've bought this same seed from other vendors. My children love pineapple tomatillos, and request them each year for the garden. I have grown them 4 years now. I start them like tomatoes indoors. Germination varies greatly, and 'taking off' and production varies greatly. Last summer was very hot & dry early on, and the tomatillos grew and produced the best they ever have. They're a great conversation piece in my KY garden. Most people have never tried anything like them. When fully ripe, they are sweet and tangy. If you do not at first succeed with these, try again. We think they're worth it!