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    I'd probably need to spray weedkiller on mine in the unheated GH to get rid of it - to say that it has a lack of attention from me would be an understatement.
    Its the big version I've got - its quite the thug...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Shoes View Post
    Coming into this thread after having missed the beginning. Cape Gooseberry - Physalis peruviana?

    Didn't know you could overwinter. Mine are sitting next to an almost empty Polytunnel, so have the space to put them under cover. Do they just need taken inside to prevent worst of cold and Ice, or should I put them into the Byre (more protection, less light)?


    could wrap with that fabric if required.

    Have 4 post with some fruit on them. Every time I pass, I pick up a few.
    Moved them inside last night. They are not looking their best. Some branches dying back, so a wee prune called for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Shoes View Post
    Moved them inside last night. They are not looking their best. Some branches dying back, so a wee prune called for.
    Just found a packet of Physalis Alkekengi in my seed box. Couldn't have read the packet when I bought it and just assumed they were the fruit - There is a warning on back - "CAUTION: Harmful if eaten"

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    Still to read through the other thread . expect it already says they are poisonous
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Shoes View Post
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    Still to read through the other thread . expect it already says they are poisonous
    Per RHS Toxicity May cause digestive upset if ingested: the ripe fruit is edible but the calyx surrounding it, the unripe fruit, and all other parts of the plant are toxic. I seem to remember reading somewhere that it's a bit of a thug.

    Like Baldy I have triffid self sown ones which have been growing in frost free GH for many years which are hacked back to accommodate cacti. Just have a rampant fuchsia procumbens to sort out now.

    Two out of three variety Goliath survived last winter in 3 lt pots in GH but did b all. Will put in flower buckets next year.

    Have also got four pruinosa, sown this year, growing very well in 1.5 lt pots. Will pot up to 3lt shortly.
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