Cape gooseberry Seeds
Start indoors in winter, and transplant out in warm weather, after tomatoes go out.
Sow seeds 5mm-1cm (¼-½”) deep in individual pots or trays. Space transplants 45-60cm (18-24″) apart in rows 90-120cm (36-48″) apart.
Ideal pH: 6.5-7.0. Full sun and regular watering will keep the plants producing. Plants need support to keep drooping branches off the ground. Tomato cages work well. Tomatillos and cape gooseberries are good candidates for large containers. Be sure to pick the fruit before it drops!
For salsa verde, harvest cape gooseberry when they’re still green, just starting to lighten up on the blossom end. But for fresh eating, the fruit is sweetest when it turns yellow and splits its husks, sometimes falling to the ground.
For ground cherries, the fruit ripen from green to yellow-gold, and drop to the ground in their husks, waiting for you to gather them.
In optimal conditions at least 75% of seeds should germinate. Usual seed life: 3 years.
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