Native to Brazil, the cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana) was grown in England by 1774 and cultivated by settlers at the Cape of Good Hope before 1807. Delicious yellow fruits grow inside paper-like husks that are easy to peel. They are great dipped in melted chocolate or made into 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.