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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: 25
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 2.0

84.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Sawood
Location:
San Antonio, TX, United States
Date:
September 1, 2015
          4.0
 
Love the fruit but.....
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Vigorous growth

What are the cons? bug magnet

Review:

Transplanted as seedlings in late summer in S.Central Texas. Most transplants grew vigorously. Have to be protected from frost. Survivors that over-wintered fruited nicely, but as temps heated up these plants attracted huge amounts of flea and cucumber beetles. Every berry tastes unique. Some are almost transcendently good. Still haven't determined if the fruit is worth the pest pressure it attracts.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Honor
Location:
Oakland, CA, United States
Date:
August 25, 2015
          5.0
 
Love them
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Great, unique flavor

What are the cons? Not for cold climates

Review:

I love cape gooseberries! They are bigger than the Aunt Molly's ground cherry and have better flavor, in my opinion. They seem to do okay in containers and with less than full sun. I think cape gooseberries would be challenging with a short growing season. I planted mine along with my tomatoes in April, and I'm getting the first ripe berries at the end of August. I believe they are perennials here in California.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Mike Koz
Location:
kirkwood, NY, United States
Date:
July 10, 2015
          3.0
 
mksproduce
Easy to Grow 2.5
EarlyMaturity 0.5
 

What are the pros? great taste, vigorous growth

What are the cons? late maturity

Review:

Originally grew these because berry size was advertised to be bigger than normal ground growing varieties. This turned out to be true as berries were almost as big as a normal tree grown cherry. Problem is that in zone 5, I couldn't get more than a few berries to ripen. Wonderful sweet/tart mixed flavor. Taking a year off will try again next year and get it outside under plastic and/or reemay as soon as possible.

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8 out of 9 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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9 out of 11 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.

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