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tony williams2

Hi, I tried to grow this last year without a lot of luck, just a few short straggly plants but this year they are doing brilliant, have around 15 x3ft high stalks with between 3-5 lanterns on them, which are all green - do you know when they will change colour and can be harvested - they are in a cold greenhouse. thanks, Tony.


 

nutcutlet

I'm expecting mine to go brown with an orange fruit as I've seen n the shops but it seems a slow process. Tomatoes are ripening round them and the physalis have looked the same for ages. It's my first try.

They seem to turn in a sudden rush for me. One day all green, the next orange and then a few days later papery brown. The Duke of Rutland's pheasants usually get to them before I do.

I hope you have those plants well contained within your flowerbed. They spread underground like wildfire. I even found them coming up between the paving. A bit of a thug is our old physalis.

nutcutlet

do they spread wb? I thought they were annuals. Mine are in pots so they won't take over the world

nutcutlet

looked them up. they're tender perennials.

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addict

There ia an ornamental one that is hardy and spreads like the clappers. Looks the

same but the fruit isn't edble.

nutcutlet

I've got that one addict and until this year it has spread like mad. this year it's shrunk and hardly any flowers.

 

Lavande

I was told to plant mine in a shadier area to slow down the spread and it seems to have worked.  I have a very shady area at the side of the house where I don't mind too much rampancy - although I have to rip out periwinkle every year - it's like a triffid.   I think it will be another couple of weeks at least before my physalis are orange but they are  a lovely shape at the moment. 

addict wrote (see)

There ia an ornamental one that is hardy and spreads like the clappers. Looks the same but the fruit isn't edble.

I think I have the ornamental one

I'm totally confused now. I got edible ones in a bag from a friend. Put some out for the birds and got the rampant thugs as mentioned above. They are growing at 600 feet above sea level, have been for several years, produce edible fruit (when I can wrest it from the pheasants) and are taking over the flowerbed.

I'd keep an eye on them and don't trust them.  There are waiting for world domination...

addict

Then count yourself lucky Waterbutts lol I wouldn't mind a rampant one if I could eat it!

confusion! Mine don't have scurfy leaves like the physalis edulis photo and they don't look as decorative as alkekengi, or give me a stomach upset as claimed for that one.

They look like tony williams2's photo - bright green, smooth leaves and orange lanterns that don't stay orange but end up semi transparent and papery.

I honestly regret putting them out for the birds. If i'd known they would take over like that.

 

nutcutlet

a photo of your plants is needed wb

nutcutlet

wb mine look more like Tony's than the ones in my link but they came from a packet called Physalis edulis

Maybe that's what my pal gave me - I certainly hope she wasn't trying to do me in! They are nice to eat, but not something I would go out of my way for.

As for photos, the last time I took a photo was in about 1976 and I've never tried with a digital camera. I'm utterly hopeless with computers - put on this one like a three year old on a tricycle - and as for posting something (especially with the forum in meltdown) - I think waterbutts would burst a gasket.

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nutcutlet

I'm not impresses with taste of the ones you buy. A bit like earth. But I was given the packet of seeds. And I have to sow seeds. They need more water than tomatoes, won't bother again

Welshonion

There is a very closely related plant the tomatillo which produces fruit for salsas.  This will never ripen to orange, suitable for dessert.  Tony Williams doesn't say exactly which variety he's growing.

tony williams2

Hi all,the variety is Physalis peruviana common name Cape gooseberry. I didnt know id planted a monster,it looks nice but it is spreading one good harvest and then off with its head ! Thanks for all your help.

Welshonion

You're OK, it will ripen eventually.

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