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David Livingston
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I thought this an annual and so I have grown it in the past but last year a bit late I planted some in the greenhouse not much fruit however cleaning the green house this week discovered it growing again !
WTG an new perennial . Maybe ?
Anyone else grow this plant ?

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Russell Olson
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Cape goosberry and groundcherries self seed easily. I enjoy seeing where they establish themselves every year, I haven't planted any for several years.
However, there are also native varieties here like the clammy ground cherry that are indeed perennial. The fruit is not nearly as good, stronger flavored and less sweet.
I'd suspect depending on the temperature in the greenhouse a cape goosberry could die back a bit and resprout. They are a great little plant to have around.

 
Dillon Nichols
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I had cape gooseberry plants (a 6" pot with half a dozen plants in it that I didn't get around to planting out last spring, abandoned in the unheated greenhouse) survive this winter. The very dead looking stalks produced a few berries last week, and some are putting on some new growth now. Repotted them as I figure they earned it. I was rather excited, since I'm very fond of the berries.

These were grown from seeds I saved from grocery store fruit, so who knows what cultivar they are. Very tasty though. I intend to keep these ones separate from the ones that get planted out, and try to select for plants which will overwinter in the greenhouse.

I've read that cape gooseberry is in fact perennial in its native range, but I can't recall where I read this...

 
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