Cape Gooseberry

Physalis peruviana

Appelliefie (Afr), Goldenberry, Husk Cherry, Peruvian Groundberry, Poha Berry(Eng.)

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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!
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Fruits are usually hand-picked every 2-3 weeks during Summer to Autumn. A single plant may yield about 300 fruits!

Propagation

Seed

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.

Special features

Attractive fruits
Drought resistant
Hedge plant
Pot plant

Special features

Origin

South America, Peru

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Edible

Delicious berries

Personality

Family

Solanaceae

Flower colour

Light yellow with dark purple spots.

Scent

None

Problems

Pests include Cutworm, red spider & sometimes the potato tuber moth. Most common diseases are Powdery Mildew & Soft Brown Scale.
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