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Cape Gooseberry Physalis peruviana

How to sow cape gooseberry: Direct seed indoors, transplant seedlings outside after hardening off.

Sun requirement for cape gooseberry: Plant in Full Sun

Cape Gooseberry has been planted 7 times by Growstuff members.

Cape Gooseberries, or Physalis, are a plant species in the genus Physalis and family Solanaceae. They have slightly velvety heart-shaped leaves and produce smooth bright yellow or orange berries wrapped in a papery husk or calyx. They are originally from Peru and are related to tomatillos and husk/ground cherries. Cape Gooseberries grow well without fertilizer and in sandy to poor soils, but they need to be protected from wind. The fruit is sweet with a mildly tart flavor, tastes a bit like pineapple, and can be eaten raw, made into jams, or baked into pies. Unripe fruits are poisonous, harvest when the husk has lost color and dried out.

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Predictions

Perennial

living more than two years

First harvest expected

12 weeks after planting

Height

90cm

Spread

100cm

Row Spacing

50cm
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Scientific names

Physalis peruviana

Alternate names

Cape gooseberry
Inca berry
Aztec berry
golden berry
giant ground cherry
African ground cherry
Peruvian groundcherry
Peruvian cherry
love-in-a-cage
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Cape gooseberry harvests

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