Cape GooseberryPhysalis peruviana
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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)
Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April, May, June
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Customer Tips & Reviews 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.
LESCHENAULT, WA, Australia
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...
POTTSVILLE, NSW, Australia
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 .
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.
KOONGAL, QLD, Australia
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!
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.
FRANKSTON SOUTH, VIC, Australia
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 ...
COORANBONG, NSW, Australia
I have enjoyed watching this shrub grow as this just popped up out of nowhere around November last year , 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 ...
Took ages to ripen, almost a year, but ripened past autumn and during winter.
WILLOUGHBY EAST, NSW
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 ...
'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
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
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.
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
Portland, VIC A
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?
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.
BARRACK HEIGHTS, NSW, Australia
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
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...
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!
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...
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
They need a sandy soil. Water regularly. Frost kills them.
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.
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...
L did plant them but l have the problem of the colour they don't turn yellow/gold
GORDON, NSW, Australia
Grows easily, fruit makes a good jam but too tangy to eat fresh. Will self seed.
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!
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
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.
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 ...
grown for 2 years and it out of control as they do..
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...
West Ryde, NSW, Australia
Summer 07/08 some very hot high 40's temperatures. It did fruit and was delicious.
Very similar to 'husk tomatoes' or tomatillo used for salsa only that tomatillo fruit are much larger
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.
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.
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.