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Golden Berry 'Pineapple'

Physalis peruviana, Cape Gooseberry, Physalis edulis, Ground Cherry

Half-hardy Perennial

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A dwarf variety with branching stems and a neat, bushy habit. Golden Berry 'Pineapple' produces heavy crops of tangy pineapple flavoured fruits in late summer and autumn. The bright orange berries are enclosed by a papery husk creating an attractive Chinese lantern appearance. Physalis peruviana is half hardy and therefore tends to be grown as an annual in the UK. Height and spread: 60cm (24").

Ideal For:
patio, kitchen garden, greenhouse, exotic garden
Flowering Period:
June, July, August
Sowing Months:
February, March
full sun
    • 1 packet (15 golden berry seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 1 days
    • £2.99
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.

Despatch: Within 24 hours applies to orders placed online from Sunday to Thursday. Orders placed online on Friday or Saturday will be despatched on Monday. Please note that for Bank Holiday weekends, orders placed Friday to Sunday will be despatched on Tuesday.

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.

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  1. Good plants but unsure about the fruit

    By Justine Johnstone 25-08-2016

    I have grown these two years running now, and they have been very successful, growing well and producing a lot of fruit. However, I have been unsure about eating the fruit as it never turns the deep orange-gold colour of cape gooseberries that you buy in the supermarket and nor does it have the same rich flavour. It tastes pleasant but nothing like the physalis that you buy. I'd be interested to know whether this is just the variety or whether the fruits are for some reason not ripening fully, or maybe something else is wrong...


    Thank you for your review. I am sorry to hear that your Gooseberries are not as you expected despite growing so well. If you'd like to send a photo to our Customer Care team on one of our agents will be happy to look into this for you.

  2. Golden Berry 'Pineapple' (Fruits in one Year)

    By v brown 02-01-2012

    I planted these seeds in pots & transplanted them outside forgotten about them when weeds took over. When I remove the weeds there were fruits on the plant I was excited. Fruits in one year.

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