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Growing Cape Gooseberry, also Golden Berry, Inca Berry

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Cape Gooseberry in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 inches apart
  • Harvest in 14-16 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Will happily grow in a flower border
  • Cape Gooseberry plant
    Cape Gooseberry plant
  • Flowers
  • unripe fruit
    unripe fruit

A straggling bush up to one metre tall that bears yellow fruits inside a brown papery envelope. It is perennial. The cape gooseberry is related to tomatillo, ground cherry and husk tomato, all in the genus Physalis.

The Cape Gooseberry is very easy to grow and as the fruit are popular with birds and plants can be easily spread around the garden.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Cape Gooseberry

The berry is the size of a cherry tomato, is very aromatic and full of tiny seeds. They are delicious eaten fresh or can be made into jam. They can be added to salads, desserts and cooked dishes, they are delicious stewed with other fruit, especially apples. They also go well in savoury dishes with meat or seafood. Can be preserved dried.

Your comments and tips

16 May 18, Delroy (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
Can I replant a golden berry plant that has flower and starting to fruit?
22 May 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The older a plant is the bigger the shock when you transplant it. You would probably kill it. A way to do it (????) is - cut down through the root system for 30-45cm about 15-20cm from the trunk.. Water the plant for about 3-4 weeks to develop new roots near the trunk. Then carefully dig it out putting a plastic liner around the soil and root system - keep the soil and roots all tight together. Then put it in it's new home. No guarantees though.
17 May 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
14 May 18, Gayle Coppins (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
I am keen to grow cape gooseberries as had them when I lived in Wellington and loved them. Is anyone willing to sell/give me a plant or seeds?Or can tell me where I might buy the same here in Taupo?
21 May 18, Dawn (New Zealand - temperate climate)
For the safety of my grandkids I pulled out all of my gooseberries cos they are almost identical to the shoo fly plant which I prefer to keep But I did find in my seed box a bag with 4 lonely gooseberry seeds that you are welcome to. I am in Whakatane
12 Apr 18, (USA - Zone 9b climate)
How many plants in the spacing of 20 in. Apart ?
13 Apr 18, (Australia - temperate climate)
Spacing means how far apart "two" plants are. Row means the distance between rows.
26 Mar 18, Susan (Australia - tropical climate)
Eureka! My gooseberry seeds have peeped through today. I am on my way now to lots of jam hopefully. Thanks for your help. It has taken 8 weeks to germinate.
19 Mar 18, Pauline Lambert (Australia - arid climate)
How and where do I grow my Gooseberry bush and how do I look after my bush. Do I prune it hard after fruiting, does it prefer sun or shade. Can it grow in a big pot. I have very little land and it does not get much sun but as I am on a corner and have a lot of Council land I can plant it there if it requires sun. Please help my plant flourish. Many thanks.
18 Mar 18, Susan (Australia - tropical climate)
Trying to raise cape gooseberry plant from seeds purchased from a seed bank. It’s been 4 weeks and nothing has appeared. How long does it take. Am I too impatient?
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