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Cape Gooseberry

R50.00

Cape Gooseberry is an upright, straggling plant that bears yellow fruit inside a brown husk.

Cape Gooseberry Plants like full sun but will tolerate a bit of shade. They prefer to be sheltered from strong winds and grow in almost all soil types. The soil ph level best suited for this plant is between 5.5 and 7.0. Sandy soil mixed with a little organic compost or potting soil is sufficient for this plant.

They are fairly drought hardy but can be sensitive in heavy frost areas.

Gooseberry plants can be affected by cutworm and caterpillars. Watch out for these as they are airborne pests and can be treated with an organic pesticide like Neem Oil

Cape Gooseberries contain many vitamins and antioxidants as well as Pectin which is excellent for bone strengthening.
To store gooseberries, they should be picked when ripe in their envelopes/husks and kept at room temperature. They can last up to 30 days.

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Cape Gooseberry Growing Information:

Position

Plant your gooseberries in full sun, if possible. They do tolerate partial shade, but cannot survive in heavy frosts. Shelter your bush from strong winds. This berry is fairly drought-hardy.

Size

A mature bush will grow to a height of about 1.5 metres with a similar spread. So, give your new plants plenty of room to grow.

Soil

Loamy to sandy well-drained soil is optimal for a healthy gooseberry bush. It should be kept moist and have a pH level of between 5.5 and 7.0. Sandy soil mixed with a little organic compost or potting soil is sufficient.

Just Berry Plants stocks volcanic rock dust with its organic minerals and trace elements. These keep your soil healthy and increase important micro-organisms in it.

Mulch

Organic compost and mulch like straw, wood chips, or grass cuttings help to keep the moisture in the soil and the weeds away. Do not put the mulch close to the stems or branches, though, as it may cause them to rot.

Watering

Keep the soil around your bush moist during the growing season. It can tolerate drought but will not fruit during a drought.

Water the soil only and not the leaves, as this encourages pests and diseases.

Pruning

Cut away dead canes in the winter.

Fertilising

It isn’t necessary to fertilise your gooseberry, but if it is struggling then one teaspoon of berry fertiliser every 4-5 months should asssit with fruiting.

Pests

Gooseberry plants can be affected by cutworms and caterpillars. Watch out for these as they are airborne pests and can be treated with an organic pesticide.

Harvesting

To gauge whether your gooseberries are ready to be picked and enjoyed, squeeze the berry inside the brown husk gently. It should give a little under the pressure. If it is very soft, it is overripe.

Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 19 × 19 × 100 cm
Weight

2

Length

19

Width

19

Height

100

Packaging Type

xlarge_parcel

Maximum

6

Packaging Type 1

large_parcel

Maximum 1

6

Packaging Type 2

medium_parcel

Maximum 2

3

Packaging Type 3

flyer_size

Maximum 3

1

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