This compact bush forms yellow cherry sized fruits in husks with a rich sweet but slightly savoury and tart flavour. It’s a relative of tomato and tomatillo family rather than a true gooseberries. This plant is a perennial in warmer climates and grown as an annual in temperate regions. Readily self-seeds year after year making it a great understory in a food forest.
When: Spring/Summer. Requires soil temps above 10 degrees
Plant: Start in seed trays, plant out after risk of frost has past.
Seed Count: Approx. 30
Propagation Notes: Cape Gooseberry take significantly longer to germinate than other spring/summer plants (tomatoes, corn, zucchini, tomatillos etc). This can be up to 6 weeks in ideal conditions and several weeks longer if you are not providing enough heat. The soil temperature needs to remain above 10 degrees. If you wish to start them in early spring in most Australian locations you will need to provide heat. If you do not have this available then wait till summer to plant them. You will only need to plant cape gooseberry once. After that they will readily self-seed (popping up once soil temperature conditions are met).
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