|Average Seed / oz||Seed / 100′ Row||Average Yield / 100′ Row||Days to Harvest|
|Planting Season||Ideal Soil Temp||Sun||Frost Tolerance|
|After Last Frost||60-90°F||Full Sun||Frost Sensitive|
|Sowing Method||Seed Depth||Direct Seed Spacing||Seeds Per Packet|
|Mature Spacing||Days to Sprout||Production Cycle||Seed Viability|
Husk cherry is a warm season annual that requires full sun and prefers rich, well-drained soil. Prior to planting, work in 1 inch of compost. During the growing season, side dress plants with an organic nitrogen fertilizer such as manure, fish emulsion, blood meal, etc.
For best results, start husk cherry seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date. Sow seeds ¼" deep in 3-4" pots. Seeds germinate best when soil temps are 70-90˚ F. Seeds will sprout in 10-21 days. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 24-36" apart. Transplant outdoors when the danger of frost has passed. Leave 3 ft spacing between rows.
Husk cherry will be ready for harvest approximately 70 days after planting or when the outer papery covering has begun to dry and fruits are somewhat soft when squeezed.
While related, husk cherry and tomatillos are different species and can be grown together without concern of cross-pollination. Similar to tomatoes, wait until husk cherry fruits are very mature, possibly waiting until they fall to the ground before harvesting for seed. Squeeze out the pulp, ferment, and dry before storing.
To ferment, place pulp with seeds into a jar and add the same volume of water as the pulp. Cover container loosely with cheesecloth, paper towel, newspaper, etc. After 2-5 days, gently pour off the moldy water and floating seeds (they're non-viable!). Once you have poured off as much liquid as you can, empty the contents of container into a colander and rinse seeds until there is no more pulpy residue left. Spread wet seeds out onto a screen, paper plate, or coffee filter for drying. Drying should be complete in 1-2 weeks, depending on humidity levels.
Store seeds in a cool, dry place and they will remain viable for 4-7 years.