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Although the plant, also known as physalis, grows without any problems in German gardens, the delicious fruits do not always ripen due to the short summer. So that the plant remains transportable and can be overwintered more easily - after all, the Andean berry does not tolerate frost - cultivation in a bucket is recommended. But even then, the plant should be outdoors for as long as possible during the growing season.
Plant physalis in a pot
Physalis is one of the very fast-growing and proliferating shrubs, which is why a bucket should hold at least 10 liters. The plant can grow to be about one (in exceptional cases up to two!) meters high and just as wide. A normal balcony or flower box (€16.99) is not sufficient, especially since the physalis develops quite deep roots. It needs a climbing aid in the form of a trellis or a plant stick (height: at least 1.50 meters), to which it is tied up, like a tomato. With regard to the substrate, the physalis is quite undemanding, it basically thrives on almost any soil. Commercial potting soil is sufficient for pot culture.
Which location does the physalis prefer?
During the vegetation period, the Andean berry should be in a wind-protected and full sun location. A balcony or terrace is also very suitable. Interiors or a greenhouse are less suitable. In the living room it is much too dark for the physalis in summer, in the greenhouse it will not “get along” with the other plants. Plants such as cucumbers or tomatoes that are grown in such a house usually require quite a lot of nutrients and therefore have to be fertilized regularly. On the other hand, the physalis does not tolerate frequent fertilization at all.
Caring for potted physalis
Physalis needs quite a lot of water, especially for plants grown in pots. On the other hand, it is not necessary to add fertilizers during the first two months after planting, after that you can add a little tomato or other vegetable fertilizer (7.49€) in liquid form to the irrigation water. Furthermore, pot cultures should be pinched or cut back regularly so that the plant does not become too large. Repotting is necessary when the roots are already growing out of the pot.
tips and tricks
When planting the physalis, make sure that you provide proper drainage with a layer of expanded clay (€19.73) or similar at the bottom of the pot. So no waterlogging can form.