We discovered this tasty little treat in Peru while teaching about seed saving in the Sacred Valley. We fell in love with the unique flavor that makes it irresistible! It is an easy plant to grow—growing over 5 feet tall on our farm! It can be quite ornamental and can be used in a food forest, permaculture design, ornamental gardens, and more.
Peruvian Ground Cherry ORGANIC
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Peruvian Ground Cherry is an incredible plant with so many uses! The Peruvian Ground Cherry produces loads of delicious, tart, and super flavorful ground fruits that can be dehydrated, made into jelly (our favorite), or just eaten raw. We discovered this tasty little treat in Peru while teaching about seed saving in the Sacred Valley. We fell in love with the unique flavor that makes it irresistible! It is an easy plant to grow—growing over 5 feet tall on our farm! It can be quite ornamental and can be used in a food forest, permaculture design, ornamental gardens, and more.
Suggested Planting Requirements: Peruvian ground cherries are less fussy than tomatoes but very similar and can be grown in a similar manner. See tomato planting instruction below:
Tomatoes can be direct sown or transplanted. For direct sowing, garden beds must be prepped, and soil should be above 60 degrees. If you decide to transplant, start seeds in the greenhouse six weeks before the last frost, then transplant them into your garden. Tomatoes are unique in that they can be buried very deep. The tiny white hairs on the vegetable stalk will actually form roots. Some gardeners suggest planting them sideways. Tomatoes love fertile soil rich in organic matter. Add plenty of compost before planting. Soil pH is preferred between 5.5 and 7.0. Soil should be moist at planting time. Watering should be done at weekly intervals and overwatering avoided. To prevent disease, avoid overhead watering and water at the soil level.
Growing Recommendations: Tomatoes require full sun for healthy and fast growth. A balanced organic fertilizer should be added before planting in the garden. If you are aware of calcium deficiencies in your soil, it is likely your tomatoes will suffer from blossom end rot, which is easily taken care of with the addition of a calcium amendment to the soil. During the growing season, water at the soil level of the plants avoiding getting the foliage wet. Prune excess foliage and suckers for maximum production. More information on pruning suckers here. Pruning also helps to increase airflow for tomatoes and can help prevent diseases. Keep a lookout for pests like whiteflies which can decrease production.
Harvesting & Storage: Harvest fruits when the outside paper turn light brown and the ground cherry has fully turned yellow.
History: The Peruvian ground cherry has its origins in Peru. Sometimes they are called cape gooseberry, goldenberry, and physalis, among lots of other names. This crop is traced to the Incas and has been cultivated in many parts of the world since the 18th century.
|Days to Germination:||10-15|
|Days to Maturity:||65-95+|
|Height at Maturity:||4’-5’|
|Lighting Requirements:||Full Sun|
Package Weight: .25 gram
|Dimensions||5.00 × 5.00 × 1.00 in|