http://www.durgan.org/URL/?MRXNZ 13 November 2013 Cape Gooseberry Pictures were taken to indicate the large quantity of fruit not matured even after about eleven months of growth. This indicates to me this plants needs a long growing season with no frost, certainly for economical commercial growing.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?OAQLP 3 November 2013 Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry)
Frost has affected the plants. There are many green fruit which will not ripen prior to a hard freeze. The season in Zone 5 is probably not long enough to grow efficiently. The Summer season need be exceptionally warm. The ripe ones are large and still in pristine condition.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?LBXEL 23 October 2013 Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry)
Plants still producing fruit after about five frosts over the last six weeks. This fruit, one pound, was plucked from the branches not off the ground. Plants are still producing flowers.There appears to be no frost damage and the quality of the fruit is excellent and all ripe.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?MVCKQ 6 Septrmber 2013 Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry)
The Cape gooseberry was ready to pick. The fruit is very sparse but of good quality.Quantity of fruit makes growing of marginal utility. The fruit falls to the ground when ripe but sort of clings until the last moment.The screens were not deployed, since the quantity of fruit was so low. The fruit must be approaching orange colour to be utilized. If green tinge the fruit has too much solanine for consumption and is bitter.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?BCIXX 16 May 2013 Physalis peruviana Planted outdoors
Five Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry) plants were placed outdoors. The planting area was mulched and a stake supplied for some support. Some plants are in blossom. Fibre glass screens were made to collect the fruit when it falls off the plants.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?IUMLB 18 April 2013 Hardening Off Physalis peruviana (Ground Cherry). The process of hardening off my five Cape Gooseberry plants has begun. The plants are growing well.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?KFMJB 4 March 2013 Potting up.Physalis peruviana The five plants were moved to larger pots. This is probably the last move until planted outside at the end of May depending upon the growth.The plants will be kept in the greenhouse until planted out.Pictures depict the method.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?RWFYX 25 February 2013 Physalis peruviana
Photos indicating growth after 39 days. The plants are healthy and strong.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?HOAEC 2 February 2013 Physalis peruviana (Cape Gooseberry) plants growing well.
Five plants are thriving. When it warms up they will be placed in the outdoor greenhouse.The bags tend to keep the moisture level high. At this stage watering is done to achieve bottom watering by placing the pots in a container of water as required.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?XOYYZ 16 January 2013 Physalis peruviana
Required are five or six plants. Germination is slow and erratic judging from past experience in my zone 5. These plants are slow growing and require a long season. They will be planted outdoors about the end of May. Of all the ground cherries, this has the largest fruit and the bushes are more upright, also the fruit tends to stay on the bush until picked. These plants were started on 27 December 2012, and about 30% of the seeds were viable.