Physalis angulata aka Cutleaf Groundcherry


Common names

Cutleaf Groundcherry, Balloon Cherry, Gooseberry

How to care for Cutleaf Groundcherry


Cutleaf Groundcherry requires a bit more attention and knowledge to thrive, making it a suitable plant for those with some gardening experience.


Cutleaf Groundcherry should be watered regularly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.


Cutleaf Groundcherry loves a well-draining soil. Perlite and vermiculite help with drainage, while coco coir adds organic matter, so a good potting soil mix will have all three. You can improve store-bought soil by adding some perlite to it.


To ensure optimal growth, the Cutleaf Groundcherry prefers bright diffused light for 6-8 hours each day. Insufficient light can result in slow growth and leaf drop, so it's important to find a well-lit location for this plant. Place it near a window, within a distance of 1 meter (3 feet), to enhance its potential for thriving.


During the cold period, it is common for Cutleaf Groundcherry to go dormant and their growth may slow down, so waterings should be spaced out more during this period.


Ploi's records do not contain confirmed information on the toxicity of this particular plant. In the event of accidental ingestion of plant material with questionable toxicity by you, a family member, or a pet, it is always a good idea to consult a healthcare professional.


The Cutleaf Groundcherry should be repotted either when it doubles in size or annually, whichever comes first. Providing new potting soil with all the vital nutrients annually is enough to support the growth of the plant, and thus, there is no need for fertilizer. Remember that plants derive their energy from the sun, not fertilizer.


New growth will sprout from the top of the plant as it grows upwards.

Region of origin

Cutleaf Groundcherry’s native range is Southern N. America - Pennsylvania to Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas.

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