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DeedotDeedot Posts: 31

I have tried over the last few years to grow Cape gooseberries - reasonably successfully but the summer always fade before the fruit has properly ripened. A properly ripened fruit tastes delish and is packed with vitamin C.

last year's plants overwintered in pots in the greenhouse. Come March/April I pruned the plants back hard and let them grow anew. The fruit delevoped early and I have masses of fruit on very sturdy plants. Delicious fruit and full of goodness.

i wonder if I can do this again or should I start with new plants next year. 

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  • If you have the room to overwinter, I'd say that is a good bet to get an early start.

    I've found given a reasonable summer, mine mostly ripen on the plant but I have ripened them successfully off the plant too.

    I don't have room in my g/h to grow them there......always outside on a good deep bed.

    I agree...........if you have the space, the fruit is well worth itimage

  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
    I read that they fruiy better on poor soils and don't feed them because they will only produce leavesimage
  • DeedotDeedot Posts: 31

    in my experience they are very easy plants to grow. They demand very little attention. I have them in pots and feed infrequently with tomato food. It's just that even in an average summer (and I live in one of the hottest areas of the UK) if you treat it as an annual, the fruit just does not ripen on the plant. You can ripen them off indoors as phillippa stated. 

    this year has seen a drastic change in my crop by treating them more as a perennial. Will try this method again next year. If you have plants from this year try overwinter them And get a head start for next year's crop!

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