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Cape Gooseberry. Ground cherry. 50 Seeds. Heirloom and non GMO - seedsfun

Cape Gooseberry. Ground cherry. 50 Seeds. Heirloom and non GMO - seedsfun

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50 Seeds

Light Requirement: Full Sun

Planting Time: Warm Season

Sowing Method: Start Indoors

Planting Depth: 1/2"

Soil temperature: 60 degree

Cape gooseberries, also known as ground cherries, are a delicious and easy-to-grow fruit. They are native to South America but can be grown in many different climates. Cape gooseberries are a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants.

To grow cape gooseberries, you can either start seeds indoors or plant them directly outdoors. If you are starting seeds indoors, sow them 6-8 weeks before the last frost date in your area. Sow the seeds 1/4 inch deep in a moist seed starting mix. Place the seed tray in a warm location, such as on top of the refrigerator. Seeds should germinate within 7-14 days.

Once the seedlings have developed a few true leaves, transplant them into individual pots. Harden off the seedlings by gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions for a few hours each day over the course of a week. Once the seedlings are hardened off, transplant them into the garden.

Cape gooseberries prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Space the plants 24 inches apart in rows that are 24 inches apart.

To plant cape gooseberries directly outdoors, wait until the soil temperature has reached at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Sow the seeds 1/4 inch deep and 12 inches apart. Water the seeds well and keep the soil moist until they germinate.

Once the seedlings have emerged, thin them out so that they are spaced 24 inches apart.

Cape gooseberries are a relatively low-maintenance crop. Water the plants regularly, especially during hot weather. Fertilize the plants every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer.

Cape gooseberries typically begin to flower 6-8 weeks after transplanting. The flowers are self-pollinating, but it is helpful to plant two or more plants together to ensure good pollination. Fruits will begin to set about 2 weeks after flowering.

Cape gooseberries are ready to harvest when the husks have turned brown and split open. The fruits should also be firm and have a bright green color. To harvest, simply cut the fruits from the plant.

Cape gooseberries can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. They can also be frozen for up to six months.

Here are some additional tips for growing cape gooseberries:

  • Cape gooseberries are relatively drought-tolerant, but they will produce more fruit if watered regularly.
  • Cape gooseberries are not heavy feeders, but you can fertilize them every few weeks with a balanced fertilizer.
  • Cape gooseberry plants can be susceptible to pests and diseases, such as aphids, whiteflies, and fungal diseases. Inspect your plants regularly for any signs of pests or diseases, and treat them immediately if necessary.

With a little care and attention, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of cape gooseberries all season long.

Creative ways to enjoy cape gooseberries

Cape gooseberries can be eaten fresh, cooked, or dried. They have a sweet and tart flavor that is similar to tomatillos. Cape gooseberries can be used in a variety of dishes, including salads, salsas, pies, and jams.

Here are a few creative ways to enjoy cape gooseberries:

  • Cape gooseberry salsa: Combine chopped cape gooseberries, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime juice in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with chips or tacos.
  • Cape gooseberry pie: Make a pie crust according to your favorite recipe. Fill the crust with a mixture of cape gooseberries, sugar, flour, and butter. Bake the pie until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
  • Cape gooseberry jam: Combine cape gooseberries, sugar, lemon juice, and pectin in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and then cook over medium heat until the jam has thickened. Pour the jam into jars and seal them tightly.
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