Cape Gooseberry Conundrum


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 !


5 Comments Add yours

  1. gardeningvix says:

    Could be sun scorch, from drops of water on the leaves etc! I would give them a feed high in potash! Like a tomato feed and tell them to pull themselves together! Xxxx PS I have nominated your blog for a Liebster Award! Check out my blog for details! Vix.. Xx hope you don’t mind!

    1. Thanks for the advice and the nomination ! 🙂 Will be having some strong words with the Cape Gooseberries …

      1. gardeningvix says:

        Lolol mine haven’t even flowered yet! So don’t be too tough on them! I have just posted my random things about me, gosh is was harder than I thought! Keep up the good work guys! Your blog is lovely, honest and from the heart! Xx

  2. Not sure if I can help. I have Pineapple tomatillos growing right now, seemingly with abandon. Some parts of the plants are also showing a little sunburn and wilted, but didn’t seem to affect the fruits. I just gave them a little extra water. Btw, I had no idea they’re poisonous when green!

    1. Yep, they are poisonous when unripe so beware ! We tried cutting off the affected leaves and giving them a good feed, but after a day or two they look the same again. This leads me to believe they are diseased rather than sun damaged etc. Such a shame, but I don’t think they’re going to make it to the plate.

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