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Giant Cape Gooseberry
 
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Cape Gooseberry (50 seeds) (GR108) $2.00
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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: 22
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5

81.8% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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2 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Gabriel
Location:
River Pines, CA, United States
Date:
February 28, 2015
          3.0
 
Hopefully worth the wait
Easy to Grow 2.0
EarlyMaturity 0.5
 

What are the pros? tasty berries

What are the cons? hard and slow to establish

Review:

I bought these seeds back in 2013. The first year, in spring of 2013, I tried planting these and they seemed not to germinate. One eventually did pop up, but not until it was already October. The next year I tried again, and I got one growing well in spring, but it didn't fruit by fall's end. Reading up on the Cape Gooseberry, I learned that they are native to more southerly lattitudes, where they are perennial with the mild winters there. I put this plant in a small greenhouse and kept it sheltered this winter, and now it's produced fruit and a few have even ripened. They're very small sticky berries. The taste is pleasant, tart, sweet. One of the other reviewers here mentioned that their plants grew back from the roots after overwintering with mulch, in Sacramento (just a short drive west of me), and that in its second year it produced larger fruit than the first year, so I hope the fruit on mine gets larger over time, too.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
mcsnail
Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Date:
February 13, 2015
          3.0
 
Did well in zone 5
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5
 

What are the pros? grows well

What are the cons? didn't like the taste

Review:

I just wanted people to know that I had success with this plant in zone 5. I started it indoors at the same time as peppers, tomatoes and ground cherries. Several plants germinated-but since it was an experiment I only kept one. It grew beautifully in a S window and was impervious to bugs. In the garden it grew robustly--and was a lovely-if somewhat forbidding plants-with pretty flowers. It fruited late--after the tomatoes--but I was able to harvest a decent amount of fruit in Sept. and October. The problem is that I didn't like the flavor at all and none of my gardening neighbors liked it. I LOVE ground cherries--but it was nothing like them. This is clearly a matter of taste. It took up a lot of space in my small garden--so I won't grow it again. But it was fun.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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7 out of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Northern MI
Location:
Upper Peninsula, MI
Date:
December 17, 2014
          5.0
 
Delicious
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Delicious, huge plants

What are the cons? Long time to maturity

Review:

The first year I started these indoors and I lost them all in the transplant. I don't blame the seed, I put them out and the weather turned on me. The second year I did the same thing, using a different starter soil, and I finally got one growing outside. I only planted one plant because I had my doubts on if I was going to like the fruit or not. This plant was huge and loaded with berries. Unfortunately it did not ripen in time and when I pulled it to put it in the compost pile, we found a couple ripe berries to try. They were absolutely delicious. Sweet and tart, very different. I will try much harder to get these going indoors so I can get a crop off of them next year. If I had another two weeks I think I could have had a crop. The one plant had around two ice cream buckets full of berries that were around 1.5" and was over 3' tall and equally as wide - they need room to grow.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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8 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
lexy
Location:
tacoma, WA
Date:
October 21, 2014
          5.0
 
gooseberry
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? delicious

What are the cons? none

Review:

Grew about 30 plants this year , all gave.us big juicy berries. I have transplanted them into pots and put in greenhouse. They are still producing.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
MomsintheGarden
Location:
Winchester, VA
Date:
July 12, 2014
          1.0
 
A bust for us
Easy to Grow 1.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? None so far

What are the cons? Hard to sprout, pest magnets

Review:

I am a very experienced gardener and have successfully started many types of plants from seeds. I planted many, many seeds of these gooseberries and only got two plants. It's July (started in late March) and I have lots of flea beetle damage but not even a single blossom. Won't grow these again.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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