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Longleaf Groundcherry - Physalis Longifolia Var. Sugglabrata - Perennial & Sweet

Longleaf Groundcherry - Physalis Longifolia Var. Sugglabrata - Perennial & Sweet

Quantity: 10 Seeds


Longleaf Ground Cherry, aka Physalis Longifolia Var. Sugglabrata, is a plant in the solanaceae (nightshade) family. This species of groundcherry  is native to Eastern North America, and unlike most groundcherry varieties, this species is perennial down to zone 4. The fruits are very sweet and have a delicious flavour. Groundcherries are typically consumed fresh, but they can also be dried like raisins to enhance their already super sweet flavour; the berries can be made into an excellent tasting jam too. It's easy to tell when the fruits are mature enough to eat because they fall off the plant, hence the name Groundcherry. This being said, the flavour is greatly enhanced when left to sit on the counter for a few days, or until the husk surrounding the fruit dries out.


All seeds are organic and open pollinated.


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  • Growing Instructions

    For the highest yields, It’s best to start Groundcherry seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last frost; we start them here on the farm in mid march. It's good to sow them in a sterile growing medium; most available seed starting soils should do the job nicely; we use sunshine mix (peat moss and perlite). The soil should be made moist, but not damp. Sow the seeds 1/4 inch below the soil surface. Store in a warm area until tiny sprouts emerge from the soil. A heat mat greatly aids in this step, but is not necessary. Seeds can take up to 2 weeks to germinate, but may take less time too. Once germinated, and the first true leaf has formed, it's time to pot up to a larger container that contains a good quality potting soil. Transplant to their final location when the nighttime temperatures are consistently 8°C or higher; for us at the farm, this is around early May.

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