Also known as husk cherry, the cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana) was grown by settlers at the Cape of Good Hope prior to 1807. Tart orange fruits, with juicy pulp, are produced in abundance on 2- to 3-ft tall plants. Easy to grow in pots, they are scrumptious in pies and preserves. (60 days)
Each packet contains approximately 50 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Plants are easy to grow, prefer warm temperatures (not hot), full sun and protection from wind. Start inside 4-8 weeks prior to the last frost of spring. Do not allow the soil to dry out — keep moist! Transplant outside after the soil has warmed. Space seedlings two feet apart in all directions.
Fruits are ripe when yellow-orange in color and covers turn papery, about 100 days from sowing. Pick by hand or allow to drop to the ground. Fruits are long-lasting and can be stored for several months.