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Husk Tomato - Ground Cherry

Small orange fruit similar in size and shape to a cherry tomato; the fruit is covered in papery husk.

Flavor is a pleasant, unique tomato / pineapple like blend.

The ground cherry is very similar to the Cape gooseberry, both having similar, but unique flavors.

Small shrub similar to the common tomato can be grown as an annual or perennial.

Plants are usually small, only 1-3ft in height. They enjoy full sun, fairly warm (but not hot) temperatures, and protection from frost. In areas where frost or freezes occur, plants are easily grown as annuals.

Provide lots of water throughout the growing year, except towards fruit ripening time.

Grow in most soil types and will do very well in poor soils and in pots.

Plants are susceptible to many of the same diseases and pests as the tomato.

start indoors 8 weeks before time to set in open ground; cover thinly, then pack firmly and water;

when plants are about 2" high, transplant to 3" apart in flat or pot; after danger of frost is past, set 2' to 3' apart in garden, but before doing so, harden the plants gradually exposing them to the outdoors air for about a week.

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