Physallis-Gooseberry...grow in Vancouver?

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    Anyone know if you can grow physallis in Vancouver or do you need a warmer climate?

    Thanks,
    Brug
     
  2. Eric La Fountaine

    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I have been growing them. A warmer climate would help, but you can grow them here. I found that the plant I grew last year came into flower kind of late, so I did not get a lot of fruit (had better luck the year before, believe the summer was warmer.) Last fall I dug up a plant and took a cutting. I have kept them over winter under lights and hope that the plants will come into flower sooner. Physalis can be grown much as you would a tomato. In this region it will help to find them a warm spot with lots of sun. You can try plastic covers or other techniques people use to grow tomatoes and peppers. I ordered three new species this year, so I will compare the four to see which does best here.
     
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    I went ahead and started some, just from dried seed fromt the fruit that I'd bought at the grocery store. I don't know if I'll get fruit this year but I'm amazed that the things are already 3.5 feet.
    Some small yellow flowers coming out too in the last week.
     
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    One of the plants has now reached 8.5' high and the other is about 6'.
    I had no idea they'd get this big!
    I ate the first two ripe fruits yesterday and it looks like I'll be munching on plenty of these tasty little treats right through September.
     

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