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Gooseberry Cape

R170.00

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 increases 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.

 

Pests – 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.

 

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 1 kg
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