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Huckleberry seeds

Garden Huckleberry

Transplant out in mid-May to June, with your tomato seedlings. The small, 1cm (1/2″) fruits begin to set early, turning from bright green to jet black. These hold on the plant, even if they appear early in the season. Read More

Matures in 80 days

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West Coast Seeds ships anywhere in North America. However, we are not able to ship garlic, potatoes, asparagus crowns, bulbs, onion sets, Mason bee cocoons, or nematodes outside of Canada. We regret, we cannot accept returns or damages for orders outside of Canada. The minimum shipping charge to the US is $6.99.

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More details about Garden Huckleberry

Solanum melanocerasum. Garden Huckleberry seeds are started indoors around the same time as tomato seeds. Transplant out in mid-May to June, with your tomato seedlings. The small, 1cm (1/2″) fruits begin to set early, turning from bright green to jet black. These hold on the plant, even if they appear early in the season. We recommend waiting until after the first frost to harvest all at once the fruits that have turned black. It’s a fruit for cooking and sweetening, with a flavour reminiscent of blueberries and Concorde grapes. These work well in pies and preserves, but require the same kind of help with sweetening that rhubarb does. Like tomatoes and eggplants, this is a member of the nightshade family, so care should be taken not to eat unripened or uncooked fruits Do not eat fruits with any green skin showing, as they are slightly toxic. The compact annual bushes grow with a height and spread around 60cm (24″) each. The tiny seeds are easy to save for planting the following year.

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Some references confusingly list “wonderberry” as a synonym for this plant, but wonderberry is a hybridized variant. The common name Garden Huckleberry is also applied in some references to Solanum scabrum, a related plant grown as a leaf crop. Our Garden Huckleberry is native to Africa, and is not a true huckleberry, nor is it a ground cherry.

Matures 80 days from transplant. (Open-pollinated seeds)

HUCKLEBERRY

Unlike wonderberries or blueberries, the easy-to-grow huckleberry will need cooking, as they are bitter when raw and unsweetened,although some people do eat them when they are ripe and soft. But a real culinary miracle occurs when you cook and sweeten this variety of garden huckleberries! In America they are traditionally used to make delicious pies and jams but for some reason, elsewhere in the world they have never really caught on. Please don’t forget, do NOT eat when unripe, as with many fruits, they can give you severe tummy-ache even in small quantities.

Sowing Advice

Seeds are surface-sown or covered only slightly. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Containers are held in warm conditions until sprouts appear, which may take anywhere from 3-10 days. Move sprouting plantings immediately to bright light conditions, such as a south-facing window. Support with cane or wires.

Growing Garden Huckleberry from Seed Posted on 3 Jan 14:16 , 1 comment

Thank you so very much for having this information available for people like me. I have never been around any huckleberry. I have heard stories about the jelly and pies that my grandmother had made.
I was cleaning out my mom’s freezer and came across her bag of seeds. I was so excited to see that she had huckleberry seeds. Of course you guessed it, I have some planted in a pot. I measured them and they are now ranging from 11″-17″.
They have been in a pot since February, can you suggest when I should put them in the ground?
Again, thank you for your information.

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