Ground Cherries

Ground Cherries

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Ground cherries are easy to grow in the garden with minimal pest and disease problems. Their small, yellow-orange fruits have a sweet-tart flavor similar to pineapple with a faint background flavor of tomato. In fact, ground cherries are part of the same plant family, Solanaceae, as tomatoes. But, despite their common name, they are not closely related to true cherries.

 

You can easily grow ground cherries in traditional garden beds, raised beds, or containers. Make sure any planting site gets lots of sunlight and has well-drained soil. Check the area for any taller trees and shrubs that might shade your ground cherries too much during the day.

Ground cherry plants should be spaced at least 2 feet apart.

A support structure, such as a tomato cage or stakes, can be helpful to prevent the plant from flopping over under the weight of the fruits. 

Ground Cherries