Also known as
Peruvian Ground-Cherry, Goldenberry, Inca Berries, Gooseberry-Tomato, Peruvian Cherry, Strawberry tomato, Purple ground berry
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Fruits are usually hand-picked every 2-3 weeks during Summer to Autumn. A single plant may yield about 300 fruits!
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Cape Gooseberry Overview
Closely related to the tomato & Chinese lantern, the Cape gooseberry grows beautifully smooth berries, each enclosed by a papery straw-coloured husk. The berries are sweet when ripe & are often enjoyed in salads or made into jams. The Cape gooseberries originate not from Southern Africa's Cape province, but from another Cape in South America!
Common problems with Cape Gooseberry
Pests include Cutworm, red spider & sometimes the potato tuber moth. Most common diseases are Powdery Mildew & Soft Brown Scale.
How to propagate Cape Gooseberry
Plants are easily grown from seeds and should be sprouted in small containers using a standard potting mix that is well drained. Place the seeds just a few millimeters below the soil surface.
You can propagate by division or softwood cuttings in spring, annuals by seed in spring or autumn.
Special features of Cape Gooseberry
Bright orange-yellow fruit in a pretty husk that fades into a pretty pattern as the nerves stay and the rest disintegrate.
Quick growing lower informal hedge.
Provide a large enough pot to host the cape gooseberry.
Flowers are light yellow with dark purple spots.
Other uses of Cape Gooseberry
Grown mainly for their decorative, lantern-like calyces and fruits, produced in autumn. Leaves are poisonous if eaten.