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Golden Berry Duo

Physalis peruviana, Cape Gooseberry, Physalis edulis, Ground Cherry

Half-hardy Perennial

Decorate your favourite desserts with the abundant edible fruits of these Golden Berry plants. The bright orange berries are enclosed in a papery husk giving the appearance of a Chinese lantern. Physalis peruviana is half hardy and therefore tends to be grown as an annual, in the greenhouse or on a sunny patio. Height and spread: up to 90cm (36").


  • Collection comprises one packet each of:
  • Golden Berry 'Little Lanterns' - A compact Cape Gooseberry that is suitable for containers on the patio, or for growing in the greenhouse.
  • Golden Berry 'Pineapple' - A dwarf variety with branching stems and a neat, bushy habit that produces heavy crops of tangy pineapple flavoured fruits.

Ideal For:
patio, kitchen garden, greenhouse, exotic garden
Flowering Period:
June, July, August
Sowing Months:
February, March
Position:
full sun
    • 2 packets - 1 of each variety (30 seeds in total)

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Sow Physalis seeds from February to March at a temperature of 18-21C (64-70F), on the surface of a good quality seed compost and lightly cover the seed with vermiculite. Keep the soil damp but not wet and do not exclude light. Place in a propagator or seal the seed tray inside a polythene bag until after germination, which usually takes up to 21 days. When Chinese Lantern seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow them on at a minimum temperature of 15C (60F) until they are 20cm (8") high. When all risk of frost has passed, plant Golden Berries in any well drained soil in full sun or transplant into growbags in the greenhouse.

Water Physalis plants frequently, to keep the compost evenly moist and feed regularly with a high potash plant food. Golden Berry plants may require staking. Harvest Chinese Lantern fruits in autumn when the husks turn brittle and pale brown in colour, and the fruits within them are a bright golden orange. Store Golden Berries in their husks in a warm place indoors. Caution: Except for the berry itself, all parts of Golden Berry plants are harmful if eaten.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.


Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.


Please see our Delivery / P&P page for further details and details of any surcharges that may apply to certain destinations.

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