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Cape Gooseberry

Physalis peruviana
The cape gooseberry is a low growing shrub with its bright orange berry enclosed in a pale brown parchment-like case called the Cape. The berry is the size of a cherry tomato is very aromatic and full of tiny seeds. They are delicious eaten straight from ... Read More
Other Names: Inca Berry,Uvilla

$17.75 ($14.75-$19.75 choose a size)

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Specifications of Cape Gooseberry

Preferred Climate SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Drought Hardy (Little Watering)

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest First Year

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Moderately Acidic (5.5-6.5)

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April, May, June

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Cape Gooseberry Reviews & Tips

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★★★★★ 3months ago


Cape Gooseberry

I am going to order more of these plants. YUMMY. For years I have wanted to grow them as I can't buy the jam anywhere THANKS

★★★★★ 1y ago


Cape Gooseberry

Kat Whitehurst
4y ago

Adelaide, SA, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

ABC Gardener July 2019 has an article on Cape Gooseberries which state the leaves are highly toxic to animals and the berries can only be eaten when deep orange so my tip is to plant them where they cannot be eaten by chooks or other pet animals.


★★★★★ 4y ago


This is a superior seed from Thailand. The fruits are much bigger than our usual backyard varieties. Love this fruit because it tastes great and also comes in it's own fruit fly proof case. It fruits over winter also - providing variety when there is n...

Potty Bob 1
★★★★ 5y ago


Growing mainly from self seeding now . Yummy little berry in a cute little cape .everyone loves them and fairly easy to grow , grows from cutting or seed . Prone to same things as most solanaise . 

Nicole rhodes
5y ago

Frankston Nth, Vic, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

My gooseberry bush came up all on its own in very poor sandy soil. Im so excited that I have finally found a pleasant that loves this extream environment here in Frankston Nth Victoria.

★★★★★ 6y ago


Growing in a medium sized pot with premium potting mix. I give it a weekly dose of worm castings and regular watering. It has only been in the pot for a few weeks and it has gone froma straggly stem to a bush! I am very excited to taste the fruit!

6y ago

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

Easy to grow. Seem to survive longer in well-drained sandy soils. eg much of Perth. Fallen fruit will keep well, even on the ground and continue to ripen to some extent.

7y ago


cucumber beetle attack 2 months after planting 


★★★★★ 7y ago


Purchased as a small plant about 12cm by 12cm tall and wide from bunnings (Nellie Kelly Brand). Within 2 weeks it doubled in size and is flowering. It is currently growing in a 300mm pot (19L). Potting mix is 30% coir peat, 30% compost and 30% potting ...


Doicee 1
★★★ 7y ago


I have enjoyed watching this shrub grow as this just popped up out of nowhere around November last year [2015], which has turned 3 little plants into one large and very sturdy shrub. I'm always investigating the little lanterns and pounce the minute I ...

8y ago

Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

Took ages to ripen, almost a year, but ripened past autumn and during winter.


★★★ 9y ago


Easy grow and quick to get fruit. Old fashioned fruit; my grandma had them growing next to her outdoor toilet 50 years ago! I grew mine from seed I bought online. Some of the plants produced poor tasting fruits and others had good tasting fruits, so I ...

11y ago

Lismore, NSW, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

'goose-berries" as we call em, grow wild on the edge of the bush in at least the lismore/goonellabah area of nsw. autumn is ripening, and they are delicious

Linda Long
12y ago

England, EAST

Cape Gooseberry

I planted seeds all came up h about 15inches tall then put up my allotment sheltered by shed and greenhouse well never expected 6plants to grow 7foot tall 8foot wide massive amounts large neighbours want plants this yr picked the last 9jan2012 lyn uk

★★★★★ 12y ago

Miranda, NSW, Australia

Tasty little fruit & very easy to grow

12y ago

Brisbane, QLD

Cape Gooseberry

Worth a shot, interesting flavour, leaves attacked by beetles (Three-lined Potato Beetle). In Brisbane, problems with fruit being attacked by various insects/ants/caterpillars. Do not overfertilise, if at all, as you will get massive plants, little fruit.

Meryl Constance
12y ago

Sydney, NSW

Cape Gooseberry

I am growing them for the first time and was disappointed that the fruit were still green at the end of autumn. I thought that was the end of any hope of harvest. However the bush is is in full fruit now, in late winter, and the berries are delicious. I g

Diane Gill
12y ago

Portland, VIC A

Cape Gooseberry

Love them very much and am fascinated on the outer cover being eaten but not the berry, how to ripen the fruit is a problem...any advice please?

★★★★ 12y ago

Strathpine, Qld, Australia

These used to grow wild on the island where I grew up. Finally suceeded in growing these during the last winter season.

13y ago


24/5/13 those big brownish ladybugs ate the plant the berrys looked so cool.planted seeds only one plant left after the chooks got to the garden

★★★ 13y ago

Bardon, Qld, Australia

One of my favourite fruits as a kid, it would grow wild in the park near us. I have several plants- one had two fruit but were eaten by the possum before I could enjoy them. The others seem to suffer die back on the tips somehow...

★★★★ 13y ago

Glen Alpine, nsw

My favourite childhood memory involves sitting in front of my great grandmother's cape gooseberry, eating the delicious yellow fruits. I wanted to grow one of these to recapture the taste of my youth!

★★★★★ 13y ago

Perth, WA, Australia

 Cape Gooseberries are so easy to grow. You just bury one of the fruits (you can probably grow them from cuttings too but I've never bothered) and water occasionally.  The require no maintenance at all, although you may need to cut the plants back be...

Rob Stotter
13y ago

Citrusdal, S.A

Cape Gooseberry

I live in Citrusdal in South Africa, where it often snows in winter and reaches 47 degrees C in Summer. Gooseberries grow fantastically here, in extremely sandy soils and require almost no nutrients. I started with 4 bushes last year, and now have 60

13y ago

London, UK

Cape Gooseberry

They need a sandy soil. Water regularly. Frost kills them.


★★ 13y ago

Lane Cove West, NSW, Australia

Struggled with powdery mildew/mould, but treated with pruning and training to separate the crossed branches, and moving to spot with better air movement, plus treatment with copper fungicide. Seems to be recovering well.

★★ 13y ago

CAWONGLA, NSW, Australia

Bought a plant years ago and planted it out. Have seedlings coming up now... not sure if from mine or elsewhere. When I find them fruiting, I check what's inside the husk and eat them, to prevent weedy spread, and also because they are quite nice! (Som...

Sifiso Dlamini
13y ago

Mbabane,swaziland, MR

Cape Gooseberry

L did plant them but l have the problem of the colour they don't turn yellow/gold

★★ 14y ago

GORDON, NSW, Australia

Grows easily, fruit makes a good jam but too tangy to eat fresh.  Will self seed.

★★★ 14y ago

Shelley, WA, Australia

In danger of taking over my vegi patch

Leah Carpenter
14y ago

Launceston, TAS

Cape Gooseberry

I live in Tasmania (cool/temperate) and they ripen over a long period, even though winter. I froze them until I had enough to make jam. It worked perfectly and reached setting point quickly. Worth the wait!


★★★★ 14y ago

Kalgoorlie, WA, Australia

Very rootbound when I first planted it.  Hopefully will survive. It lives!!!  Starting to get much new growth.  This bush is goung berzerk.  Must love the location

★★★★ 14y ago

South Maroota, NSW, Australia

Planted by a friend in the ornamental garden. Tough as nails and able to get a smattering of fruit this year.


★★★★ 14y ago


I find this plant likes it's manure and good watering. Too much water may make the fruit less tasty though.Incredible root system that spreads wide and far!  Red spider mites love them - so hose under the leaves with a good jet of water - and grow in ...

★★★ 14y ago


grown for 2 years and it out of control as they do..




★★★★★ 14y ago

Carnegie, VIC, Australia

Another embarrassment of riches. It fruits prolifically here and has out grown its first planting location. It has now been divided up and replanted against the fence where it can sprawl to its hearts content. Looking forward to the next seasons harves...

★★★ 14y ago

West Ryde, NSW, Australia

Summer 07/08 some very hot high 40's temperatures.  It did fruit and was delicious.

Franc Hancock
14y ago

Stuarts Point, NSW, Australia, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

Very similar to 'husk tomatoes' or tomatillo used for salsa only that tomatillo fruit are much larger

David O'bryan
15y ago

Mansfield, QLD, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

I love my Gooseberries, but so do the little beetles in Brisbane, the larva make short work of the leaves, and I don't like spraying too much around the fruit.

L. Kiehne
15y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Cape Gooseberry

I did not plant them, they came up by bird dropings. They only grow in one garden in my yard, surrounded by ferns and under a big gum tree. I do not water it and it comes up every year.It grows only in winter in Queensland.

G. Stevenson
18y ago

London, U.K.

Cape Gooseberry

I planted them outdoors with the tomatoes but they had not had time to ripen before the autumn came. This year I am starting them a month earlier than the tomatoes.

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