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PHYSALIS peruviana

Cape Gooseberry

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$3.50

Family: Solanaceae

Characteristics: Perennial 1m spread 1m

Seeds per packets: 25

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The Cape Gooseberry bears small orange fruit similar in size and shape to a cherry tomato. The fruit is covered in papery husk and has a pleasant unique flavour of a tomato-pineapple like blend.

Can be eaten raw, used in salads, desserts, as flavouring, and in jams and jellies.

Originates from South America.

Prefers a rich moist well-drained soil in a protected partially shaded position, drought and frost tender.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 22-28°C for this species.

  1. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix.
  2. Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed to hold the seed in place. Do not bury seed too deeply.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 14-28 days in the right conditions.

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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