Cape gooseberries

QuestionsCape gooseberries
Ray Dunford Staff asked 9 years ago

I planted ‘Cape Gooseberry – Little Lantern’ Gooseberries for the first time and they appear to be doing well since I planted them out in 16” pots some time ago. They are meant to have an orange berry but all I’m seeing so far is a green flowery casing that houses a smaller green goosberry inside. The problem is that the flowering casing isn’t falling away exposing the berry, and sometimes the flowery casing is falling to the ground with the berry inside.My understanding was that I would have a plant that would have many orange berries ripe for picking? What am I doing wrong?

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Gerry Daly

Cape gooseberry, related to tomato, produces its berries inside a papery cover, first green and later ripening to yellow/orange.

If some fruits. are dropping off they may not have been pollinated or the plant is carrying too many. Or there was drought.

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