Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry

Aunt Molly's Husk Tomato

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  • Open Pollinated, Heirloom
  • Also called Ground Cherry- Physalis pruinosa  70 days. 
  • Heightt 15-20” spread 2’. Vigorous plants produce delicious 1'2' -3/4" fruits surrounded by a papery husk. 
  • Delicious eaten right off the plant, use for pies, preserves, salads sauces and an excellent dried fruit much appreciated in Ecuador and Peru. 
  • Aunt Molly's Husk Tomato  ripens to a bright yellow-orange and the husks easily slip free. Aunt Molly saved seeds from this variety which came to America via Poland via the Andes. 
  • Plants are tolerant of cool climates. Fruits will easily story in a basket for 1- 2 months.


 Planting DirectionsStart transplants in sterile potting medium 4 weeks before date of usual last frost.  Transplant when soil is warm.  Sow seed 1/4” deep.  Germination occurs in about 14-30 days, and needs soil temperatures of 68° to 80° .  Transplant into average well drained garden soil in a sunny location.  Space plants 18” apart.  Provide steady moderate moisture.  Harvest fruits while still firm.  If not allowed to become soft, yellow or over-mature, un-bruised fruit will keep several weeks.