How to Grow Golden Berry (Physalis Peruviana)

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Description

Small shrub simfilar to the typical tomato, can be grown as an annual or perennial. Plants are generally modest, just 1-3ft in height.

Hardiness

Plants enjoy full sunlight, fairly warm (but not hot) temperatures, and protection against frost. In regions where frost or pops happen, plants are easily grown as annuals.

Growing Environment

Provide plenty of water during the growing year, except for fruit ripening time. Grow in many soil types and will do quite well in poor soils and in containers. Plants are susceptible to many of the identical diseases and insects as the tomato.

Propagation

By seeds.

Germination Info

Golden berry seeds are often fairly simple to germinate, although germination time could be a bit more than other vegetable seeds.

1) Prepare for planting.  Cape Gooseberry seeds must be sprouted in little containers, rather 4″ or even smaller. In-floor germination is not suggested because conditions aren’t as easily manipulated. Use a normal potting mix that is well drained. Make sure potting mix is moist prior to planting the seeds. With quite tiny seeds such as Cape Gooseberry, watering too dry soil could cause the seeds to dislodge in their position and sink deep into cracks in the soil. Seeds that sink into soil will not be capable to achieve the soil surface after germinated.

2) Plant seeds.  Plant seeds 1/4″ profound in the soil. Cover with soil and water carefully. Over watering may result in fungal development which contributes to seed corrosion. Excess water may also irritate seeds deep in the soil where they will be unable break the surface. Water if the soil surface only begins to dry. Multiple seeds could be implanted in a single starter container, but ought to be thinned once seedlings appear so just a single plant remains.

3) Germination.  Soil ought to be kept consistently warm, from 70-85F. Cool soils, under about 60-65F, even only at night, will significantly delay or inhibit germination. Hot soils above 95F will even inhibit germination.

4) Care of seedlings.  Once some true leaves have grown, seedlings must be gradually moved outside (if sprouted indoors) to ambient light. Care ought to be taken not to expose seedlings to direct, scorching sunlight so plants might require to be hardened via slow sunlight exposure. Hardening off may be achieved using a filtered light location, as well as protection against strong winds, rain or very low humidity. Hardening off time varies, but might take 5-10 days.

5) Planting out.  Plant in the floor once threat of frost has past and daytime temperatures consistently reach 65F.

Germination time: 2-6 weeks under ideal conditions.

Uses

Uses are similar to ordinary tomato. Can be consumed raw, used in desserts, cakes, as a flavoring, and in jams and jellies. Fruits are great when dipped in chocolate, and also may be dried and eaten.

Native Range

Native to Brazil, however has spread to highland regions of Chile and Peru. Cape gooseberries have naturalized in tropical regions across the planet

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