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Cape Gooseberry Seeds

Botanical - Physalis peruviana


Seed Count:
250 Seeds
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Price £1.99

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250 Seeds.

Other Names - Inca Berry, Golden Berry, Physalis Edulis, Peruvian Ground Cherry…

Physalis or Cape Gooseberry is a relatives of the common tomato and has a similar growing habit. The bright orange fruits have a similar texture to firm tomatoes with an unique tangy pineapple-like flavour and can be eaten raw, added to salads, jams, eaten with meats or dried. Each golden berry is enclosed in an attractive papery husk like lantern which protect the valuable fruits from pests and allows the berries to be stored for several months.

  • Productive and very easy to grow.
  • Expensive fruits to buy!
  • Can be stored up until Christmas.

Suitable For - Containers, grow bags, patio's, greenhouse, polytunnel, conservatory, raised beds, fruit gardens

Sowing Months - February - April

Harvest - Late July - October

Soil Preperation

Add a good amount of well rotted manure or compost to the soil a few weeks before planting. If the soil is heavy clay or the drainage is poor mix in a generous amount of sand and gravel to the soil before planting. Remove any weeds. Use good quality potting compost if growing in containers.

General InformationSowing & Planting Information
Habit Perennial usually grown as an annual Module Grown & Transplants
Type   Distance between plants 50 - 70 cm
Position Full sun, sheltered position Distance between rows 50 - 70 cm
Average height 90 - 100 cm Direct Sowing
Average spread 50 - 70 cm Sowing distance between plants N/A
Hardiness Half hardy Distance between rows N/A
RHS Bee Friendly No Sowing depth 5 mm
RHS Award Winner No Germination temperature 15 to 20℃
Soil Type Well drained, moderately fertile soil Days to germination 15 - 40 days

Sowing Guide

Early Sowing/Module Sowing

Sow the seeds thinly on the surface of moist seed compost in trays, modules or pots.
Cover the seeds with vermiculite or compost.
Place in a propagator or if preferred a clear polythene bag and seal. Do not exclude light as the physalis seeds need light to germinate. Protect from direct contact with hot sun.
Germinate at the temperature suggested above. Once germination has started remove from the bag or propagator and place in a cooler but not cold location (not colder than 15 degrees centigrade)
Transplant when large enough to handle into 7 - 10 cm pots.
Grow on in a temperature no cooler than 15 degrees centigrade. A few weeks later, repot into larger pots.
Plant out when all risk of frost has passed and the golden berry plants are growing strong.
Harden off over 15 - 20 days before planting out to reduce the chance of shock.

Direct Sowing

Not recommended for direct sowing.

Growing On

Water newly planted Inca berries well until established.
If growing outdoors, the plants tend to be less vigorous, this may not be such a bad thing as they can be controlled easier. Indoor grown plants can become very vigorous and large and will require regular trimming to keep the plants tidy and under control.
As the plants grow larger add a few canes to help support the stems.
Pinching out the growing tips will encourage the plants to become more bushy.
If growing in containers especially, the plants will benefit from a regular feeding with a high potash fertilizer.
Water regularly especially if growing in containers however avoid overwatering as these plants do not like sodden, waterlogged conditions.


The fruits can be harvested in autumn after the husks have become brittle and turned colour and the berries are a golden orange colour.


The fruits can be stored for 2 - 3 months if left in their protective papery husks in a cool dry location.

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