Cape Gooseberry Plants

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Asked by gosia on July 14, 2012
Cape Gooseberries

I planted a cape gooseberry plant from seeds (it’s in a pot). It’s been growing well and it seems there are going to be quite a lot of fruits, but recently some of the leaves started wilting and they are going brown. Any ideas why is this happening?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This can happen for several reasons. The most common for potted plants in the summer is that they do not get enough water. I would recommend soaking the container in a tub for 20 minutes or so to force rehydration if it has become over dry (which then causes the soil to actually repel water). Then make sure you are watering daily during the summer and that the plant is not sitting in standing water.

As a precaution, treat the plant with a fungicide and a pesticide. These symptoms could also be the result of a fungus or pests.

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