Organic fruits can give you sweet to sour flavour are not limited to the tomato fruits!
Cape Gooseberry (Ananaskers in Dutch) is also known as ground cherries; or pineapple cherries. These juicy small cherry fruits are strong in pineapple aroma. Their growing method is very similar to the tomatoes. And they can also produce many charming fruits from one tiny seed.
You can soak the seeds indoor in the late winter; just like tomatoes; with a day temperature at 20°C.
*Prepared seeds and soaking was done together with other seeds on 26-2-2011 (picture 1&2).
*One seed was sprouted on the 7th day; and the second seed was sprouted on 8-3-2011, the day 10 (picture 3).
*On 21-3-2011, the day 23; prepared an earth-pot with a transparent cover; and set this in a big black plastic container (picture 4); to catch the sun.
*Two leaves appeared on 30-3-2011, the day 32 (picture 5).
*On 2-4-2011, the day 35 transferred one to the basket and sheltered it with a self-made greenhouse; plus a cover (picture 6). Transfer the second plant to the earth pot.
*On 18-4-2011; the day 41; the earth pot plant was big (picture 7); and the basket one only grew 3.5 leaves (picture 8).
*On 24-4-2011; the day 47; the earth-pot fruit plant was surrounded with 10 potato plants (picture 9).
*On 20-5-2011; the day 73; the plant in the earth pot was transferred to a basket and put into the earth pot for cold protection (picture 10-12).
*On 31-5-2011; the day 84; the plant was taller (picture 13).
*On 18-6-2011; the day 102; supported with a plastic coated iron stick (picture 14).
*On 19-6-2011; the day 103; first flower bud appeared (picture 15).
*On 21-6-2011; the day 105; more buds were shown (picture 16).
*On 24-6-2011; the day 108; removed the fruit plant from the potato container (picture 17).
*On 26-6-2011; the day 110; the first flower bud turned down (picture 18).
*On 1-7-2011; the day 115; the first yellow and brown flower opened widely (picture 19); and clusters of flower buds (picture 20).
*On 3-7-2011; the day 117; the first flower was drying-up and dropped by the next day (picture 21).
*On 6-7-2011; the day 120; the first fruit with a green shell appeared (picture 22); and it enlarged by the next day.
*On 15-7-2011; the day 129; the fruit shell was bigger (picture 23).
*On 24-8-2011; the day 169; the plant was hanging many greenish lanterns (picture 24&25).
*On 2-9-2011; the day 178; the first fruit shell turned yellow (picture 26).
*On 7-9-2011; the day 183; harvested two riped Cap-Gooseberries (picture 27&28).
*On 12-9-2011; the day 188; shown many more fruits on the plant (picture 29).
*On 6-10-2011; the day 212; collected 17 ripened golden fruits (picture 30).
*This organic fruits plant can be grown in ordinary potting soil.
*The continuous sun power supply is important throughout their entire growing season. So, it would be helpful if you can move the plant everywhere to catch the sun ray.
*Try to hang high to catch the heat. And you can also turn the leaves aside; to help the fruits to reach the direct sunlight.
1. It is better to grow them indoor until 3 leaves appeared. A cold frame or a mini greenhouse would provide great help when you are transferring the plant outdoor in the early cold spring.
2. During the growth; serve them rain water when the sun is away; and the best before the sunset.
3. Cover the plant at night during the early stage; so that, they could stay strong.
4. If there is lower shoot appear before the flower bud arrives; prune it off; so that the plant will work on the flower shoot; instead of the new growth. Later, you may allow the lower shoot to stay; if they appear again.
5. If the warm temperature is moving away; and not all the fruits are ripen; you can remove the unripe fruits (with green capes); and put them indoor at a warm place to continue ripping. It would take about 14 days. Afterwards; you can keep them in the natural room temperature for some time; if you are not using them immediately.
The Gooseberry fruits capes (shell) are useful for indoor winter decoration, and the fresh fruits are great for garnishing in ice; fresh salads; or you can even dip them in chocolate paste; or add them into your favourite party desserts; or cook it.
By the end of the season; you may give away some of your golden Gooseberry fruits; so that, your friends can experience their potted fruits gardening with these fresh organic garden seeds.