[NAFEX] Growing huckleberry/farkleberry from seed?
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Wed Jun 5 11:43:12 EDT 2002
Gaylusaccia have much larger seeds than Vaccinium, if you need a way to tell
the genera apart. Vaccinium seed doesn't need stratification. Prepare a
flat of soil with a good amount of peat in it. Sprinkle peat on top and
firm it down with a board, then mist it. Sprinkle the seed on, dust it with
just a little peat, mist it until it's moist, and put a sheet of glass over
the flat. Keep it warm and out of direct sun. The seedlings are very tiny,
so that you may only see the surface of the peat look greenish, as though it
had moss on it, at first. Look very close and you will see the tiny seed
leaves. When the first true leaves open, you can lift seedlings with a
toothpick and pot them. Keep them moist at all times. Or just go dig some
suckers from the parent bushes when they are dormant.
Grapes, writing, consulting, more, plus word on my grape book at
> While I was home in AL last week, visiting my parents, I collected some
> fruit from a couple of berry bushes growing in the woods there - we always
> called 'em "huckleberries" - and I didn't have a plant ID book along with
> me, so I don't really know if they're farkleberry/sparkleberry , a
> Vaccinium species, or actually a huckleberry, Gaylusaccia species.
> Do any of the list members have any tips, encouragement(discouragement) on
> attempting to start some seedlings from these plants?
> Yeah, I know the fruits are very tiny, and they're not especially
> productive, compared to commercial blueberries, but they are tasty.
> Lucky Pittman
> USDA Zone 6
> Hopkinsville, KY
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