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Grow Husk Cherries in Containers

Husk cherries growing in containers. English photo

Husk cherries growing in containers. English photo

August 28, 2019

Husk cherries, also called ground cherries or husk tomatoes, produce sweet, delicious fruits inside papery husks. They’re wonderful to eat but can be difficult to harvest, as the ripe fruits fall all over the ground and under the plants. One solution for home gardeners who grow just a few plants is to raise them in large (3 gallon or so) containers and set the containers at waist-level. The trays in the photo sit atop sawhorses and catch the ripe fruits when they drop, making them easy to scoop up without having to bend over. The potted soil does dry out quickly so needs close attention to watering. English photo

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