Basics

Ease of Growing
Moderate
Grown as
Annual
Days to Maturity
68-73 (Spring/Summer)
Growing Habit
-
Hardiness
Tender

Frost sensitive.

Crops
Spring Transplant
Growing Season
Short, Long
Cultivar Type
-
Growing Conditions
Cool, Warm, Hot

Ground cherries like the same conditions as Tomatoes, and enjoy lots of sun. They will not survive if there is a frost, but will survive in mild winters. The tops die off in cold temperatures, but the roots will continue growing.

Outdoor Growing Temp
65°F - 90°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp
75°F

If it's warm enough for tomatoes to grow, it's warm enough for ground cherries.

Start Indoors
Yes
Start Outdoors
No
Light
Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Warm, Hot)

Ground Cherries prefer full sun.

Water
Moderate

Tomatillos and Ground Cherries are quite drought tolerant, but for best fruit production they should be watered regularly.

Feeder
Light

Generally, Ground Cherries are independent plants and don't need a lot of attention. Give them a feed of compost tea or liquid kelp when the flowers first appear.

Suitability
Drought tolerant, High heat
Small Gardens?
Yes
Containers?
Yes

A large container (12" in diameter, or more) is best - or even a large wine barrel.

Attracts beneficial insects?
No
Color
Pineapple yellow
Fruit Size
0.25-0.5"
Plant Height
12.0-18.0"
Plant Diameter
18.0-24.0"
Hardiness Zone
-
Disease Resistance
Taste Profile

Small berries have a tart yet sweet taste, similar to pineapple.