Ground Cherry Yellow “Husk” Tomato Seeds

We now have Ground Cherry Yellow “Husk” Tomato Seeds for Sale! SOLD OUT!
Thank you to all who purchased ground cherry seeds here at wildeherb. We’re planting the last of our seed stock this year in hopes of another great harvest to share with everyone.

We’ve grown these Amish Heirloom fruits for several seasons and really enjoy eating them fresh. 2014 was a great year for the ground cherries and we had an abundance of them. We had so much fruit, in fact, that we shared a lot and still had plenty left over for collecting the seeds!

Ground cherries are delicious little fruits and they are easy to plant and grow, too. Their sweet pineapple-like taste will have you eating them right off the ground. That’s because the fruit typically drops off the vine and ripens inside the papery husk to a deep golden yellow.

Husk tomatoes on the vine.
Husk tomatoes on the vine. Note the single flower, the outline of the leaves, and the green color of the paper shell while on the plant.

Paper sheaths the husk tomatoes.
The papery husks turn tan in color as the fruit ripens.
Peel back the paper husk to reveal the tiny yellow tomato.
Peel back the paper husk to reveal the tiny yellow tomato. The yellow fruits on the left are ready to eat, but the greenish ones on the right should get a little riper first.

Once established in your garden or on your property you’ll likely have them for a long time.

Order your Ground Cherry Yellow “Husk” Tomato Seeds today!

Each seed packet costs $3.50, will be shipped via USPS First Class, and contains 0.1 gram Ground Cherry seeds. That’s approximately 100 seeds, which is plenty to get you started on enjoying these sweet little fruits.

11 thoughts on “Ground Cherry Yellow “Husk” Tomato Seeds”

  1. Maybe you can help me out. I have many ground cherry plants and the leaves are getting sick. All the plants began to have white white round spots on the leaves and they soon get bumpy and turn yellowish. Have you ever encounter this?

  2. Hi Marie-Claude!

    I haven’t encountered the leaf spotting that you’re seeing. Since you mentioned that you have lots of plants, one remedy may be to thin them out. Fungal diseases can surely make a plant ugly with the spotting that’s often produced on leaf and fruit, so you want to make sure that there is plenty of air circulation around each plant.

    This link phytopath at looks promising if you want to identify a disease that might be affecting your cherry tomatoes.

    Also, water your flowers and gardens in the morning to make sure that water droplets on leaves and fruit will have time to evaporate. Watering in the evening may contribute to fungus issues.

    Good luck!

  3. How do I get the seeds from the tomato to plant and will they grow in hot weather? I live in Florida. Can I grow them in my house by just putting them in the sun after I plant them in a pot? How big will they grow? I have so many questions……..sorry. I just found this delicious food in MN and want to grow them since I have never seen them here in North Florida and love them. Why are the green ones poisonous?
    Thank you,
    R. Friedman

  4. Hey Rita! Thanks for your questions.

    We hope to have seeds in a couple months that would be good to grow for next year or in your southern location in a few months time. They’ll definitely grow in Florida as they’re native there and in much of the Eastern US from PA and MI southward, including TX.

    I would think the husk tomatoes would do fine in a pot but be prepared to use a large pot and a trellis. The plants get huge! They get very tall or long rather as they grow indeterminately and just get taller until they tip over and keep on scrambling along the ground.

    The green ones contain solanine, a natural chemical that could be poisonous if you ate enough, just like that found in green potatoes. It means the fruit isn’t quite ripe. They wouldn’t taste as sweet either, so let them turn that nice golden yellow before you pop them in your mouth. 🙂

    Oh, BTW, don’t apologize for asking questions – it shows you have a curious mind and the world needs more of us!

  5. I would like to buy 2 packets, please? I had some last night and brought a few home with me, but I would love to grow some and give some starts to my family!

    Thank you and many blessings,

  6. Hi Leslie,

    Aren’t they tasty?! Would love to sell you some ground cherry seeds, but at this point we’re still sourcing some that we can have for next year’s planting. Stay tuned!

  7. Are you still searching for seeds? We have a bunch of voluntary seedlings in the garden on the property I am buying and would imagine will have seeds

  8. Hey Jamie!

    Finding a delicious native plant must be a good omen for your future life on that property. 😉

    Thanks for letting us know about your seeds. I may be in touch with you later if there’s none to be found around here.

  9. I have been searching for these for years! My aunt grew them when I was young and we all loved them. Do you have any info as to where I can get the seeds? Thanks so much.. Christine Phillips

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