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Growing Cape Gooseberry, also Golden Berry, Inca Berry

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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

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?
18 Mar 18, Mike (Australia - tropical climate)
2-6 weeks I read for germination. Warm moist soil. Use a light spray to wet the soil. Maybe cover with shade cloth.
02 Mar 18, Veronica (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I have bought some gooseberries and would like to plant them. Have grown them b4 by throwing rotten ones onto soil and it grew huge. But want to grow them for my parrot
18 Jan 18, Stephanie Meggitt (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
We have an approx 12 month old cape gooseberry that has fruited really well. Looks like it is ready to be pruned now. Is it worth taking cuttings (would like a couple more bushes) and would I just put them in water till they shoot or is more required. Thanks
19 Jan 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Give it a try - put about 8-10" of the vine in the water. Change the water each 3 days - it might take 2-4 weeks for roots to shoot. I'm doing Malabar Spinach at the moment.
06 Jan 18, some one (Australia - temperate climate)
How long did u have to wait before taking cuttings. Mine are about 60cm high and just finished fruiting. But also from the mane stem only has 2 shoots about 40cm high
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Can anyone tell me how and where I can get the Cape berries in the United states? Is it possible to buy the plant? Thanks, Jennifer

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