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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|Soil Temp for Germ.||Days to Emergence||Seed Depth||Soil Temp. for Trans.||Plant Spacing||Row Spacing||Min. Germ.||Seed Life||Seeds per gram||Fertilizer Needs|
|70-90°F||6-14||1/4"||55°F||18-36"||3-4'||75%||3 years||See below||High|
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
• 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
• 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
Overall Rating: Write a Review
Great Ground Cherries
Feb 19, 2017 | By Bert
Pineapple and Goldie are superior to Aunt Molly. I've grown five varieties every year for over five years. The best of the best are the variety named "Cape Gooseberry Ground Cherry" it is a flavor explosion, unbelievable when fully ripe! The tough ones to get fruit before running out of frost free days are the Cape and the Chinese Lantern red berries, start these two indoors by Valentines Day if you live zones 4-6. Yes, I do enjoy the red ones too.
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!