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Mary's Niagara Ground Cherry (15 seeds) (WWE250) $4.00

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Mary's Niagara Ground Cherry

         
 
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ROUGHWOOD/EFN EXCLUSIVE. We're very excited to be offering this variety to the public for the very first time. The original seed came from fruit purchased at a roadside stand in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, some years ago by the Experimental Farm Network’s Nate Kleinman. Mary was the name of the woman selling them, and she said at the time that she had been growing these and saving her own seed for more years than she could remember. The fruit were particularly sweet and flavorful, so Nate brought them back across the border (receiving permission from border guards!), dried a few seeds, put them in a plastic bag, and promptly forgot about them for many years. Upon growing them out for the first time a couple years ago, the plants quickly impressed with their earliness, their reliably sweet fruits, and their especially low profile: each averages roughly a three to four foot spread, but with the sprawling branches hovering only a few inches off the ground. A bed of 'Mary's Niagara' appears so flat it almost resembles a an actual bed. They are a good candidate to be attempted in short-season areas where other nightshades like tomatoes, peppers, or egpplants, might be challenging. Productive, precocious, and delicious, these ground cherries might just become the new gold standard! Seeds grown ecologically in Elmer, NJ, by the Experimental Farm Network Cooperative.
 
Mary's Niagara Ground Cherry
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 6
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.5

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Pee Dee gardener
Location:
Timmonsville, SC, United States
Date:
June 16, 2019
          5.0
 
Yummy space hog
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? easy to grow

What are the cons? space hog

Review:

These were easy to start under grow lights, and grew really well, too well, taking the recent heat wave like a champ. However, they take up a LOT of real estate. I had some of these planted in front of my peppers in a raised bed and they took over. I just pulled a bunch out of that bed and am going to just stick with what I have in the ground. The ground cherries have a nice flavor, subtly sweet with an umami finish, but there isn't really much you can do with them other than snack while in the garden, I guess because they are called ground cherries I thought they would spend low but they were almost like okra in the shrub-mounding habit. Description said they hover only a few inches off the ground....not even close. At least 18" high and 24" wide early in the season. Great plant but I probably won't grow them again, as my limited bed space means I need to stick with things I can cook with.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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3 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Giulia
Location:
Borgo Springs, CA, United States
Date:
March 4, 2019
          5.0
 
Dipped in chocolate
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? So delicious

What are the cons? Can be tasty if unripe

Review:

In Italy they dip them in chocolate. Insanely delicious

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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13 out of 15 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Roger
Location:
Land O Lakes, FL, United States
Date:
December 12, 2018
          5.0
 
Going to get lots of cherries
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? easy to grow

What are the cons? none

Review:

These seeds have taken about 8-10 days in a warm place(70-80) to get started. Once they establish they take off and start producing lots of fruits quickly. Mine are still in 16oz cups under a grow light and already have 5-10 fruits after about 8-10 weeks. Moved one plant to a grow bag and it's really taken off, looking forward to harvesting lots of cherries. Took pics but don't see any way to show them.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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14 out of 16 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Heidschnucke
Location:
Toronto, Zone 6a, Canada
Date:
August 15, 2018
          4.0
 
Is it Cossacks Pineapple
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Mighty mini.

What are the cons? Very low.

Review:

From the description provided, it has all the characteristics of the Cossack’s Pineapple variety I have been growing. I thought I must have done something wrong when it began flowering at 2 inches tall under my growlights, and grew into a vast spreading super-low plant. Either the original grower and l got our seeds from the same source and we have ‘atypical’ seeds .... or all Cossacks are this way. Either way, it’s performance and flavour and appearance was a garden delight. But .... When my seeds overwintered, l noticed the next generation wasn’t as low or as productive ... so I wonder if it has a genetic response to being started in pots and then transplanted, which creates the size and production difference. It’s worth experimenting with this cultivar

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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12 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Jc
Location:
laramie, WY, United States
Date:
June 28, 2018
          5.0
 
Fast growing
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Grows fast, quick to start

What are the cons? Nothing

Review:

So far this ground cherry is doing awesome in my garden. Started indoors 4 weeks before last frost. By the time of hardening off they were already flowering and getting small lil husks. Since then the plants are taking off many lil husks on all plants. Super good germination, and grows fast.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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