Cape Gooseberry Seeds

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  • Season: Perennial
  • USDA Zones: 8 - 11
  • Height: 24 inches
  • Bloom Season: Spring to mid summer
  • Bloom Color: Yellow to purple
  • Environment: Full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Type: Very adaptable - sandy to clay, pH 5.1 - 6.0
  • Temperature: 75F
  • Average Germ Time: 10 - 20 days
  • Light Required: Yes
  • Depth: 1/16 inch
  • Sowing Rate: 3 seeds per plant
  • Moisture: Keep moist until germination
  • Plant Spacing: 18 inches
  • Care & Maintenance: See: Cape Gooseberry

Cape Gooseberry

Cape Gooseberry (Physalis Peruviana) - Start Cape Gooseberry seed to grow this perennial plant that produces golden colored berries. Physalis Peruviana, commonly referred to as Cape Gooseberry, grows to approximately 2 feet tall and is is hardy to zone 8 but is frost tender. Cape Gooseberry plants are in flower from July to October, and the seeds ripen from August to November. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by bees and wind.

Cape Gooseberry, or also called Goldenberry or Peruvian Ground Cherry, will grow in a wide range of soils from light sandy soils to heavy clay soils. Goldenberry plants prefer soil types that are well-drained. Even if the soil is nutritionally poor, Cape Gooseberry will still grow well, and it prefers acidic soil. Physalis Peruviana is very adaptable and can grow in full sun to partial shade.

Start Cape Gooseberry seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before the end of frost season. Cover the seeds with 1/16 inch of soil and keep the Physalis seeds moist. Transplant when temperatures are warm (after tomatoes are set out). The berries will ripen from green to golden yellow when ripe, and they will drop in their husks ready to be collected. Cape Gooseberry is known for its golden yellow, berries. You can use these fruits raw or cooked in pies, cakes, jellies, jams and as a raisin substitute also not as sweet. Goldenberry is considered to have a delicious bitter-sweet flavor.