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

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Mary's Niagra 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 Niagra Ground Cherry
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Number of Reviews: 1
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Central Valley, CA, United States
May 1, 2018
Great germination
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0

What are the pros? Easy to grow.

What are the cons? Nothing yet.


I've never tried ground cherries before, so I went ahead and ordered two varieties. I planted 12 seeds of Mary's Niagara ground cherries and 12 popped up! It was amazing! I even transplanted half the pods to a 6 pack and they showed no signs of noticing. They are definitely hardy. I started them somewhat late for our season, since we have mild winters, but once the heat rolled in they are taking off. I have the majority of them blooming now. I have them planted in a variety of locations to see how they take our hot summers and I'll report back once I collect our first harvest. Excited to see what my kids think of them.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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