[NAFEX] Vaccinium ovatum
hblack1925 at fastmail.fm
Wed Feb 13 13:51:25 EST 2008
I live in zone 8 in Edmonds which is part of the suburbs of Seattle. Vaccinium ovatum is a native for me.
Hello Mark, Where are you located? Edmonton Alberta? Hector Black zone 6
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From: "Mark and Piper" <piper33 at verizon.net>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 7:52 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Vaccinium ovatum
>I have been growing Vaccinium ovatum, the evergreen huckleberry, for the
> past 3 years. It is starting to produce bunches of berries now. I tried
> them last September when they looked ripe, but they had little flavor
> then and were sour. They are still hanging on the branches now in
> February. They have been exposed to freezing weather all winter. The
> cold has improved the quality of the fruit. Now they are sweet and
> fruity. They are the only fruit I am picking now in the garden. I do
> have some lingonberries hanging on the bush, but they are past their
> prime. It will be a few months until any other berry is ready to pick. A
> strange thing about Vaccinium ovatum is that it is also currently in
> bloom. I was giving a friend a tour of my garden a few weeks ago, and
> she pointed out the fact that Vaccinium ovatum requires a whole year to
> develop fruit. That's what I call slow food. The only plant I grow that
> can top this feat is my Italian Stone tree. It takes two years to
> develop pinenuts.
> -Mark Lee, Edmonds
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