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Growing Cape Gooseberry, also Golden Berry, Inca Berry

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Cape Gooseberry in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 39 - 59 inches apart
  • Harvest in 14-16 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Will happily grow in a flower border but tends to sprawl over other plants.

Your comments and tips

03 Apr 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
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31 Mar 20, Noel Ling (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Comment: I have a self sown cape gooseberry (2 years old) in front of a small hothouse. Going absolutely mad in growth and fruit. don't water, fertilize or prune. height 6 ft, width 5 ft. probably need to pull it out before it totally covers entrance. is this type of growth normal?
01 Apr 20, Another gardener (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
It is probably receiving water from you watering other plants. Plants don't grow without there being water and fert from somewhere. If you want to keep eating them maybe prune it back around the doorway. I had 5 agapanthus plants, fert them watered them put some good compost around them. Wouldn't grow much. Dug them out yesterday. Roots from the passionfruit (1.5m away) were everywhere. Passionfruit was stealing all the water and fert.
13 Mar 20, Jerbear64 (USA - Zone 7a climate)
I simply got the seeds from the berries I purchased at the grocery store.
10 Jan 20, Denise (Australia - temperate climate)
How do I ripen the fallen fruit? It’s hull is papery and crisp but still quite green inside. I’ve tried them on a sunny window ledge with no success
13 Jan 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
If really immature they probably won't ripen. Think about protecting them from the wind or what caused them to fall off.
30 Dec 19, Frank (Canada - Zone 8a Mild Temperate climate)
How long after sewing the seeds can you expect berries? In my area can they be left out year round?
28 Mar 20, Vertical Gardener (Canada - Zone 8a Mild Temperate climate)
I'm in Vancouver and grow cape gooseberries every year. I have never seen them last beyond October. They die back every year, well before the snow arrives.
30 Dec 19, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
If you have heavy frosts then your plants will die back, otherwise they should be fine all the year round.
20 Dec 19, Eliud Mungai (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I am from Kenya in East Africa and I have a small garden planted with golden berries.the plants are about 1.5 metres high. Their leaves have developed white sports underneath and are falling off. What could be the problem? And what's the soluton to this problem?
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