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Cape Gooseberry (50 seeds) (GR108) $2.50
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Cape Gooseberry

         
 
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(Physalis peruviana) The cape gooseberry is native to Brazil and was grown in England by 1774. It was cultivated by settlers at the Cape of Good Hope before 1807. The delicious yellow-orange fruit grow inside paper-like husks that are easy to peel. They are great dipped in melted chocolate or made into pies and preserves.
 
Cape Gooseberry
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 32
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0

84.4% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
MonCherie
Location:
South Bend, IN, United States
Date:
April 22, 2017
          5.0
 
Great ground cherry
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Opening the husk

What are the cons? The strange pest it attracts

Review:

My first year growing ground cherries was very educational. I bought seeds from 5 different seed companies. It turned out that that out of 5 companies only 2 sold the correct seed known as Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry). Baker is 1 of 2 that got it right. This variety should have fuzzy leaves, not smooth like all other ground cherry varieties. My solution to the 90 day maturity factor is to start my seedlings in Jan or Feb (early). By planting time in May my plants are 4-5 months old. They already have flowers & unripe fruit when they go outside. I repot my plants into 10-15 gallon grow bags. They grow huge by July. The first ripe fruit starts coming in late June/early July. By August we have bowls of fruit. The fruit is about the size of regular black cherries. If you're looking for something different try these, they're tasty. If you live in the north, start early. The ugly pest (my con) is a nasty maggotty type that poops on itself as defense! Ugh!!! Spray with Neem!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
ssiu
Location:
Garden Grove, CA, United States
Date:
April 21, 2017
          4.0
 
Hardy Plants
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? hardy

What are the cons? none

Review:

This is the first time I have tried to grow this variety. I originally started the seed around April or May of 2016 but was late transplanting them in late July. The pot was apparently too small and it stayed small. By December I considered pulling it out but it was still alive even though it was neglected and was rarely watered. We have very mild winters in Southern California and I suspect that helped. March of 2017 I finally moved it to an appropriate sized pot and it took off. It has flowered all over with these pretty downfacing yellow flowers with purplish centers. I can see many berries on it, and it continues to get bigger. Just waiting for the fruit to ripen.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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18 out of 18 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
TFlor
Location:
Southeast, WI, United States
Date:
December 27, 2016
          5.0
 
CGs forever
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Very easy germination.

What are the cons? None

Review:

Love these little berries. Never had a problem growing them here in the Polar Vortex (which in Zone 5b, has a warm growing season of 3 1/2 months if we're lucky). They do mature about the same time as larger tomatoes do mid-Aug to Sept. I start them about the same time I start tomatoes indoors in late March. I tended not to grow them near tomatoes in the garden and got great harvests. Instead, I grew them in large pots. Pests weren't ever an issue as I also grew basil and French marigolds nearby. They re-seed, too. Never have to buy seed again. Ate them like grapes (they do taste like pineapple when ripe and do eat them when they're golden ripe) although, I'd love to try making a jam.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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11 out of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
shule
Location:
New Plymouth, ID, United States
Date:
November 22, 2016
          5.0
 
Cool plants
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 1.5
 

What are the pros? tall; soft; frost-tolerant

What are the cons? late

Review:

This is the Giant Cape Gooseberry (says the packet). This means the plants get very tall compared to other ground cherries (the fruits weren't giant for me, but maybe they can get bigger in other conditions). The leaves are extra furry and soft. They're very nice plants and I think they look ornamental. They tolerate frosts. Mine are damaged, but still holding on in southwestern Idaho after several freezes (it's Nov 22nd; our first killing frost was Oct 11th). Plant them early for an earlier harvest. They seem to grow just as well if you put multiple plants in one spot (*maybe* not fruit-wise, though). I attempted to grow these in 2015, but although I got a large plant inside, it got some fungal disease and didn't survive in time to be transplanted. So, I tried starting it in 2016 in a Strong Camel greenhouse in the spring, transplanting them out in ~May and it worked very well. They thrived. Taste was unique. Mine weren't bothered much by spider mites (other ground cherries were).

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
duckduckgoose
Location:
na, CO, United States
Date:
October 28, 2016
          5.0
 
pineappleish
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Interesting taste

What are the cons? long season

Review:

Grew well in a container with fair light in a mountain region. The taste is like pineapple with something tropical mixed in, and would probably make a good jelly. The husks fall off the plant when the fruit is ripe, so putting something under them to catch the fruit is a good idea. The fruit size is comparable to a blueberry. They need a longer season to ripen than I had, but I still got a handful. They also make a neat looking houseplant.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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