How do you grow Cape Gooseberry?
Posted by Suttons Customer Services on 10 January 2014 10:16 AM

The Cape Gooseberry also known as Inca Berry is a relatively tender plant and for the best results should be grown in a greenhouse. Sow the seeds from February to the end of April at a temperature of 18-21°C (65-70°F). Once the seedlings are large enough to handle transplant them into 7.5cm (3") pots.

In warmer parts of the country they can be planted outdoors 50cm (20") apart in a sunny position. In the greenhouse pot them into 30cm (12") pots and they will need a cane support. If  necessary the plants can be stopped if the height needs to be restricted, as can some of the side shoots but only if absolutely necessary. Keep the plants well watered and feed with a liquid tomato fertilizer.

The fruit should only be picked when fully ripe and is orange in colour. If the fruit is to be stored for later use they should not be removed from the husks.

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