Physalis Edulis Seeds
Info: Physalis is native to warm temperate and subtropical regions throughout the world and a relative of the common tomato. The genus is characterised by the small orange fruit similar in size, shape and structure to a small tomato. The plant conveniently wraps up each fruit in its own `paper bag` (botanically, the calyx) to protect it from pests and the elements. The fruit have a unique pineapple-like blend with a mild refreshing fruity acidity, similar to strawberries. They may be eaten raw or used in salads, desserts and in jams and jellies.
Sowing & cultivation: Sow indoors from Febuary to April only just covering the seed. Plant out in pots or in the garden after the last frosts have occurred. The plants like a sunny, frost-free location, sheltered from strong winds. Very good crops are obtained on rather poor sandy ground. If the soil is too rich it encourages leaf production at the expense of fruiting. The plant needs consistent watering to set a good fruit crop, but can`t take "wet feet". It is not cold-hardy (to minus 3°C) though it can overwinter outdoors in mild areas or when grown in favoured positions such as the foot of a sunny wall, where some will tolerate temperatures down to about -10°C.
|Botanical name||Physalis peruviana|
|Sowing||Febuary - April indoors|
|Location||sunny, sheleterde, well-drained, sandy soil|
|Germination temperature||18 - 25°C|
|Germination||7 - 14 days|
|Harvesting||July to October|
|Height||100 - 180 cm|