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Phil starts with ...
There is a cultivar of the Cape Gooseberry bred by the Italians called "Giallo Grosso" which can grow to 5cm across. Does anyone grow it or know where to get it? Any Italians in the Forum? I have the normal sized fruit but would love to get a named variety.
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21st June 2008 9:48pm
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Anonymous says...
Never heard of it, asked my ding mates and they have not heard of it either.

try that Loius Glowskini in Melbounre, he's famous for wired stuff.
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Julie says...
There is a variety called 'Golden Nugget' which is larger than the usual Cape gooseberry. I have seen seed on sale somewhere - it may be from Thompson and Morgan (on sale in most nurseries).I have never seen a plant for sale, only seed.
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anon says...
Do you know it has weed potential? I have any amount of Golden Nugget seed if you desire. It has gone feral on me.
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Phil says...
Thanks guys - yes it seems there are several much larger varieties around, would be very keen to get hold of some. It gets cut back to the ground here every winter due to frost/snow but reshoots so doesn't seem to be such a pest.
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Kath says...
Cape Goosberries grow wild, or do I mean go wild in frost free places. I have them on my property, lots of them, in amongst the lantana and crofton weed. Birds, bats, lizards apparently, and I eat them until the fruit fly get into them. As far as weeds go they are not to bad, easy to break, pull, cut and kill if you want to, they are not big, they don't climb and they have tasty fruits.
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Val says...
I have cape gooseberry bush that has lots of flowers but never produces fruit - the little paper cups just fall off whilst still green. Sometimes the leaves darken then yellow and fall off too. Is this a fertiliser problem?
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Megan says...
I have never grown a plant successfully in my 29years of life, but I took the plunge and purchased 2 Cape Gooseberry plants a few months ago... 1 has already died, and the other has now got something eating the leaves :( Under the leaves there are these very slimey, unformed black things that are sitting on them. They look like blobs of some sort of insect. Slugs or larvae maybe? Anyone else had this problem? Or do any of you have any ideas of how to get rid of them without killing my remaining plant?

Thanks! :)
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Dekka says...
Megan, the slimy black things are the larvae of a striped potato beetle. My two Cape Gooseberry plants are just self-sown from the plant I had last year (that was ultimately consumed by the potato bugs) are currently infested. I have decided that the bugs are keener than I am about Cape Gooseberries so I just take what fruit I can get before the plants are consumed.
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Scott G says...
I too have the bugs on my odd plant that is self sown. The larvae carry a pile of their excrement on their backs. If you brush against them you get it all over you. I just didn't like the cape gooseberries enough either to do anything about them. The few plants that sprouted and grew this spring are now just stumps.
I would think white oil would be a good thing to try to get rid of them (before moving on to more poisonous stuff).
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Megan says...
Thanks Dekka and Scott :)

All I know is they're gross, but as long as I remove them daily, I seem to be keeping on top of things.. for now ;)
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Karina says...
White oil seems to be keeping them under control for us, if you don't like picking them off...

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