Ground Cherry 'Aunt Molly's' Seeds

This Polish heirloom from 1837 has a very sweet flavor with a nice hint of tartness.

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This Polish heirloom from 1837 has a very sweet flavor with a nice hint of tartness. The ½”-¾” fruits are enclosed in brown papery husks that drop to the ground when fully ripe. High pectin content makes this one a great choice for preserves, pies, over ice cream, or in fresh fruit salads. Stores 3-4 weeks in the husk. Productive plants have a sprawling habit.

Longtime SSE member Suzanne Ashworth got this ground cherry seed from a young woman who lived in an apartment and was unable to grow the seeds, which she had gotten from her deceased grandmother. Most of the seeds were long past germination, but Suzanne was able to grow 3 plants, and from that near extinction, this variety is now widely available. 

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm Renegade Acres in Howell, MI!

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Physalis pubescens var. integrifolia
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 21 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 30 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds Surface Sow; press seeds gently into the soil to make good contact, but do not cover with any additional soil; these seeds require light to germinate
When to Sow Indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost, Outdoors after all danger of spring frost is past
Growing Height 6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
Plant Spacing 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Hardiness N/A
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade
Danger Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Soil pH Requirements 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Days to Harvest 60-70
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Seeds Per Pack 25