Grow fruiting plants from seed
Details This Gooseberry grows oval green shaped fruit 3-5 cm tall, 2-4 cm wide. If ripened in direct sun, they gain a level of reddish blush and develop a strong ripe flavour indicative of the sun ripening. If ripened out of the sun, perhaps sheltered by surrounding unmown grass can retain the green colour, and a less overpowering flavour that has a purer gooseberry experience. These seeds are saved from WHATEVER VARIETY and can be germinated into individual plants without the need to order in lots of potentially expensive grafted individual plants. These seeds are promiscuously crossed with whatever the pollinating insects bring them, and while they will likely produce a standard gooseberry, there is a chance you'll end up with something unique.
SOLD OUT- more seed will be grown 2018-19 summer seasonBotanical name Ribes uva-crispaPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 30 seedsGrower name Richard Tew
Details Produces a green stalked and leafed plant around a meter tall eventually covered with an abundance of green tomato-like fruit covered in a green papery husk. Pick when husk is filled out. Can be eaten raw, once the poisonous husk is removed, either as a fruit in hand or blended in a food processor with coriander and a few other ingredients to make a light and refreshing tasting salsa verde. Or roasted in the oven, and then blended and boiled until it thickens (with stock, and other ingredients) and used as a tart but flavourful sauce for meats like chicken. When tomatoes are blighted, the tomatillos will look fine. Plants will fall over under the weight of fruit and are best grown surrounded by a low method of support if you prefer they don't lay on your paths or lawn.Botanical name Physalis philadelphicaPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 30 seedsGrower name Richard Tew
Details Closely related to the tomatillo and to the Chinese lantern, can grow to 1 - 1.6 metres in height and produce small yellow fruit. Moderate frost tender when plants are older, more so with young seedlings. Moderately frost tender when older, more so when young.Botanical name Physalis peruvianaPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 15Grower name Richard Watson
Details A sweet fruit thats less tart than the red, grows into a 1.5m bush in heavy dump soils 1m on light land. Was found growing near the Arthurs Pass village in the 1950's by a gardener who maintained this variety in Rangiora till his death in the early 90's, Richard has grown it ever since. Raspberry seed needs stratification, which can also be done in the fridge by placing the seed in damp paper on a plate then cover the plate with cling wrap. about 6-8 weeks should be enough.
Fresh seed now available.Botanical name RubusPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 20Grower name Richard Watson
Details This seed comes off a bush which originated from the old Central Otago gold fields, grows about a metre tall and produces a light yellow colour fruit when ripe. Cross pollination with other gold field varieties at grown at Medbury gardens means its likely that new colour and taste combinations could show up between each individual plant. All seed is taken only from the best tasting and hardest bush. Cuttings will be available May - July - go to 'Plants Cuttings & Bulbs. Aiming to get more seed Jan 2010Botanical name Ribes uva-crispaPrice per packet $4.00Packet contents 20Grower name Richard Watson