A smaller, more compact variety of Ground Cherry, that is well suited for containers! The round orange fruit is loosely enclosed in a papery husk resembling a Chinese Lantern, which provides a natural wrapper for storing the fruit, as long as kept dry. Eat as a refreshing fruit snack; toss in salads or bake into mixed berry crisps or pies; wonderful in jams and sauces for savory foods. Also dry the berries and add to trail mix. A good source of vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, Iron, Calcium and trace amounts of B vitamins.
Start seed indoors 3 weeks before transplanting out to the garden. Cover seeds with 1/2 cm (1/4 in) of soil. Firm soil over seed. Keep moist but not waterlogged. To germinate maintain a soil temperature of 24 C (75 F). Seed should germinate in 5 days. Once seeds have sprouted, 14 – 16 hours of light per day is essential. Once plants have reached 12 cm (5 in) transplant to 6 cm (3 in) peat pots. Place the root ball at the bottom of the pot, filling pot with soil will ensure better root development along the stem. Plants will develop better with a growing temperature of 17 C (62 F) until transplanting out. Fertilize weekly with our Rose & Strawberry 10-52-17 and liquid seaweed for strong root development. Do not transplant out till night temperatures are warm. Harvest fruit once paper husks loosen.