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Lubera stops plant deliveries to the UK
Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

The Coconut Berry and the Biscuit Berry

The Coconut Berry and the Biscuit Berry

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 The Physalis we know is usually Physalis peruviana with its cherry-sized, yellow to orange fruit. We tested several varieties this year at Lubera and the varieties Peters Beste and (Big) Little Buddha have convinced us again and again.

Peters Beste is of interest to us due to its fertility, the quick start of harvest, the large amount of fruits and the intense vanilla flavour. We are intrigued by Little Buddha because of its somewhat broader growth, the large, late harvest and the gigantic fruits that are twice as large as most other varieties. Peters Beste’s flavour, with hints of vanilla and coconut, was a little more intense when compared with Little Buddha (however not all Lubera gourmets agree with me). Little Buddha seemed to be a bit fruitier to me. Plants that were propagated by cuttings were much compacter; the harvest was earlier and provided better yields. We will therefore only offer vegetatively propagated young plants in 1.3 L pots next year.

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We sowed Physalis pruinosa in the summer. The seedlings developed very quickly; after only two months we had fully developed plants with ripe fruit. For normal spring crops, the fruits can be harvested much sooner than traditional Cape gooseberries. In contrast to other cape gooseberries, which can easily reach a man’s height, Physalis pruinosa stops growing at about 30-50 cm, the side branches start to get flat and the plant bears fruit. The wide shape is reminiscent of a bonsai, making the plants perfect for flower boxes and medium-sized pots; they are quite generally suitable for balconies and terraces. The fruits are ripe in their husks when they fall to the ground; they are much smaller than Peters Beste, for example, but they develop a very special and different flavour. This is the reason they are often called pineapple berries, although I cannot quite relate to this. To me they taste quite clearly like...biscuits. Yes, the biscuit berry - the first fruit that is actually a pastry ;-). 

Now in autumn we have tested the asexual propagation of Physalis pruinosa using cuttings and also noted here again that the fertility increases: Some of the cuttings already form fruits on the second leaves!

 

 

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