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Giant Cape Gooseberry
 
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Giant Cape Gooseberry (50 seeds) (GR108) $2.00
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Giant 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 fruit grow inside paper-like husks that are easy to peel. They are great dipped in melted chocolate or made into pies and preserves. Larger than the common ground cherry.

 
Giant Cape Gooseberry
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 13
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5

84.6% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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3 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
virginiagardener
Location:
BLACKSBURG, VA
Date:
January 3, 2014
          1.0
 
Bizarre flavor
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow

What are the cons? Late maturity, poor flavor

Review:

My neighbor and I both grew these, along with standard ground cherries. The flavor of these plants was bizarre- yields were much later than the ground cherry, and ripe fruits, while pretty, tasted like what I imagine Pine Sol would. Overly tart and fruity. Might try 1 plant again in another location- perhaps it has to do with our soil.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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By virginiagardener 3 Jan 2014

4 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
GrowFindExplore
Location:
St. Paul, MN
Date:
November 8, 2013
          2.0
 
Frustrating Plant.
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 0.5
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow.

What are the cons? Too long to harvest.

Review:

Germinated indoors in March, transplanted in May. As of late September, picked maybe 4 (semi) ripe berries from plant. Really unique taste, but even if all berries matured, the yield per plant isn't worth the time and space to grow. A ground cherry plant will net you 1,000 berries vs. less than 10 from this.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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By GrowFindExplore 8 Nov 2013

9 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Ben S.
Date:
January 2, 2013
          5.0
 
Great Fruit
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

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I had some trouble germinating these, but one plant took very well in my greenhouse. It is growing hydroponically and the plant is massive now, we made a pie with the berries and the fruit is delicious. The plant has been growing for almost a year now and has done excellent in the winter months inside the greenhouse.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By Ben S. 2 Jan 2013

10 out of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Lime Lady
Date:
October 7, 2012
          5.0
 
Giant Cape Gooseberry three year old now
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

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We grow several large shrubs of Physalis peruviana - from Baker Creek seed 3 years ago in a cold hoop greenhouse in SW Washington State. They never died back, no diseases or pests - they do very well and have ripe fruit all year long including some in winter. The kids love them and run through the greenhouse just to get their hand full and run out again! Plenty left for fresh eating and covering them in chocolate for a special treat. After 3 years, we are cutting down the shrubs to renew from the root stock, adding compost and organic fertilizer plus some lime to maybe grow less but much bigger fruit next season.

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By Lime Lady 7 Oct 2012

5 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Jeanne Marie
Date:
September 16, 2012
          3.0
 
What Happened?
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

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I potted up seeds for about 24 plants back the first week of March. They did wonderfully. I hardened them off outside in the Spring here in Northern Illinois. I transplanted mine into large containers and they did absolutely nothing. They stopped growing at about a foot in height, had flowers that fell off, never filled out, never produced. Now, I gave a few plants to a friend about 10 miles from here that planted them into the ground, and they got over 5 ft in height and were starting to produce to fruit in August. Now, in September, they have some fruit, but not much. I will say that we had high winds all through the spring, drought and disasterous heat all through the summer, and some severe thunder storms, which may have played their part in all of this. I will probably try again next year though, since I would really like to be able to grow these. Perhaps I will start them off even earlier - like this fall or winter in doors.

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By Jeanne Marie 16 Sep 2012

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