X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Goldenberry

    First time growing those. Lucky that rabbit leaves them alone. Rabbit destroyed most of my tomato plants.

    Some day they self seed over winter. I tried to start them from seeds, but never any success.

    You may only view thumbnails in this gallery. This gallery has 1 photos.
    Princeton, New Jersey, 6B
    flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/red-sun/albums
    http://growingfruit.org/ for all fruits

  • #2
    Are these golden berries (Physalis peruviana) or ground cherries (Physalis pruinosa)? I'm growing ground cherries this year. It would be nice to grow golden berries, but they need a much longer season so I'm not sure if I could get a reliable crop from them in my location. I'm loving the ground cherries so far. They taste great, they seem to have very few pest or disease issues, and are easy to grow. The one thing I don't like about them is how low and spreading they tend to grow, which makes harvesting them a bit of a pain to do (tall raised beds might make this a lot easier). I guess golden berries are much larger and more upright plants. I started my ground cherries from seed over winter. They took a pretty long time to germinate and sprout and grew very slowly in the pots, but once I got them in ground this spring they just took off.
    Tony - west PA, zone 6a/5b

    Comment


    • #3
      Good that you pointed this out. I think mine may be ground cherries too. I was wondering why they grow over the ground and not like tomato that grow upright. So I believe I get ground cherry too.

      I still like grow cape gooseberry next year. They taste so good. Here is what I ate at hotel lounge two years ago.

      Attached Files
      Princeton, New Jersey, 6B
      flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/red-sun/albums
      http://growingfruit.org/ for all fruits

      Comment


      • #4
        I just got a Cape Gooseberry plant a short while ago from PBfigs. Was about 4" tall in a 1 gal pot. Just put the pot on the ground next to some other plants, and watered it every once in a while. In about a month it had 4 branches over 4' long and was beginning to produce flowers. Grows like a weed (reminds me of an indeterminate tomato the way it grows. Stem is also soft like a tomato). If you can get a small plant instead of needing to grow it out by seed, you'll be eating berries in no time.
        Richard - San Diego 10a

        Comment


        • #5
          Originally posted by DrDraconian View Post
          I just got a Cape Gooseberry plant a short while ago from PBfigs. Was about 4" tall in a 1 gal pot. Just put the pot on the ground next to some other plants, and watered it every once in a while. In about a month it had 4 branches over 4' long and was beginning to produce flowers. Grows like a weed (reminds me of an indeterminate tomato the way it grows. Stem is also soft like a tomato). If you can get a small plant instead of needing to grow it out by seed, you'll be eating berries in no time.
          Does yours grow upright, or on the ground? I heard upright one produces larger cherry/berry. I believe they taste about the same.
          Princeton, New Jersey, 6B
          flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/red-sun/albums
          http://growingfruit.org/ for all fruits

          Comment


          • DrDraconian
            DrDraconian commented
            Editing a comment
            It grows upright, but as I mentioned, the stem is rather soft, so it doesn't fully support itself. As the stems get longer, they have started to lean over. So far, the comparison to a tomato vine is very close. Tomatoes will collapse if not supported, and I'm guessing this will also.

          • Red_Sun
            Red_Sun commented
            Editing a comment
            DrDraconian

            Great. So it may be goldenberry, or cape gooseberry. How do you start from seeds? I tried to start from seeds, never any germination.
        Working...
        X