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Physalis Edulis (Cape Gooseberry)
The interest in what we have classed liberally as "Oriental Vegetables" increases every year. They can be used raw in salads, or lightly cooked for use in stir frys and numerous Chinese style meals. We hope you will be tempted to give something different a try.
Cape Gooseberry is also known as Physalis and is a tall growing plant of up to 2 metres high. The perennial plant produces star shaped flowers in July and August which are then followed by green cyclos which turn bright orange-red when the fruits are ripe. They are delicious when eaten raw or can alternatively be made into a delicious jam. They also make a beautiful garnish for desserts to show off to your friends and family.
Product Part Number: 85015
When to sow
When to Sow Cape Gooseberry Seeds
February to April
Where to Sow
Under glass sow seeds on the surface of a good quality seed compost and lightly cover the seed with vermiculite at a temperature of 18-21°C
What to do Next
Once seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into individual 9cm (3in) pots and grow them on at a minimum temperature of 15°C until they are 20cm (8") tall. Transplant into larger containers or growbags and grow under glass or once all risk of frost has passed move containers outside to a sunny patio.
July to September
Excellent source of Vitamin A, C and B
Plants can look attractive grown in large containers on a sunny patio. Once plants start to produce flowers, feed once a week with a high potash tomato food to encourage the small fruits to develop.