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Giant Poha Berry

Physalis peruviana


Giant Poha Berry
Seed #239
This is a popular berry in Hawaii, the fuzzy-leaved bush (aka Poha Berry) produces about 1" berries with smooth, waxy orange skin. This tangy sweet fruit tastes like a mixture of pineapple and strawberry and is covered with a lantern-shaped husk. It grows well in containers.
  • Warm season annual
  • Approx. 125-150 seeds in packet. (A seed will vary in weight and size within a given seed lot. The number of seeds stated is only an estimate.)
  • Maturity: Approx. 75 days after flowering
  • Planting season: Late spring/early summer
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Cultivation: Start seeds inside 6 weeks before last frost date (or 8 weeks before expected transplanting date). Keep soil warm until emergence. Seeds will not germinate in cool soil and planting out too early may affect plant vigor. Harden off plants carefully before transplanting. Prepare fertile, well drained soil. Transplant in late spring/summer (soil temperatures at least above 60F) in a warm and sunny location. Fertilize as needed. Harvest when husk turns light brown and when fruit berries fall or are ready to fall.
Germination
Temperature
Seed
Depth
Seed
Spacing
Plant
Spacing
Row
Distance
75-90F 1/8-1/4" 4-6" 24" 48-60"
Please note: Maturity, adaptability and disease tolerance may differ under your specific climate and/or growing conditions.
Culinary tips: Pop them out of their husks and eat them raw, dip them in chocolate, or incorporate them into a salad or dessert. High in natural pectin, they make a delightfully uncommon jam.
 
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