Full Sun – Prefers 6 or more hours of sun per day.
Frost Sensitive – Will Get Damaged and Possibly Killed During Periods of Frost.
Low Watering – Requires Little Water.
Med Maintenance – Requires moderate maintenance.
Non Indigenous – Exotic to South Africa.
It has grey-green velvety heart-shaped leaves on ribbed purplish hairy stems.
Bears globular fruits, each enclosed in a bladderlike husk which becomes papery on maturity.
Well-drained, light and sandy.
Grow from seed in trays. Scatter seeds evenly over the surface of the soil. Cover the seeds with a fine layer of soil 5mm in depth. Alternatively, use vermiculite as a covering. Press down to keep the seeds in place. Water well. Keep the tray in a warm, sheltered position for germination to take place. Transplant seedlings, when they are about 10cm tall, into well-prepared garden beds. Space them 90cm apart.
|Interesting planting ideas|
Beans, Tomatoes, chives and tansy are listed as companion plants for Gooseberry and they help deter the gooseberry sawfly.
Gooseberries are a good source of vitamin C and vitamin B3
|Common pests and diseases|
Prone to powdery mildew and soft brown scale. Also, root rots and viruses if on poorly drained soil or if carried over to a second year.
They take approximately 180 days from sowing to harvest.
A single plant can yield up to 300 berries per plant.
Cape gooseberries, well known in South Africa, quick-growing annual or perennial that originates in South America. Bushes can reach a height of about 1m.
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Requires moderate maintenance.