Until a week or two ago, the Cape Gooseberries in our garden were looking fantastic – green, healthy, and beginning to fruit. The little ‘lanterns’ were filling out with the promise of a lovely harvest come Autumn. Recently however, they’ve taken a real turn for the worst. First the leaves started to have suspicious white patches on them, then the ‘lanterns’ began retracting and almost spitting the unripe (and currently poisonous) fruit out !
We’ve tried to do a bit of research, but haven’t been able to discover what the problem might be with these plants. At first we thought they had a touch of sunburn, but fear now it’s something more sinister, and are worried that they are irreparably diseased and damaged. So answers on a postcard please, if you have experience of this problem with Cape Gooseberries – any advice would be much appreciated !