[NAFEX] Huckleberry

Michael Dossett phainopepla at yahoo.com
Thu May 24 00:13:48 EDT 2007


That might be part of it.  It is also difficult to
propagate vegetatively.  On top of that, it is ill
adapted to growing at lower elevations or areas where
there is no snow cover in the winter.  

Here in the Willamette Valley they bloom at roughly
the same time as southern highbush blueberries, but
they never set well even though the blueberries seem
to do ok.  We suspect that temperatures are just too
low (for good pollen tube growth or something
related?)in February and March.  Whereas in the
Cascades just east of here, by the time the snow has
melted and they have a chance to bloom it is May or
June and temps are regularly in the 50s and 60s.

Michael


--- Stephen Sadler <Docshiva at Docshiva.org> wrote:

> I wonder if nurseries are shy to sell western
> huckleberry because it
> transplants so very poorly, and are concerned about
> dissatisfied customers?
> 
> 
> ~ S
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf
> Of Ginda Fisher
> Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 7:29 PM
> To: North American Fruit Explorers
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Huckleberry
> 
> 
> On May 23, 2007, at 9:13 AM, Jim Fruth wrote:
> 
> >
> >     Does anyone raise either Vaccinium
> membranaceum, Black  
> > Huckleberry, aka
> > Western Huckleberry?  Does Anyone raise Eastern
> Huckleberry,  
> > Gaylussacia
> > baccata?
> >
> > . . .
> >     When I went looking for Eastern Huckleberry
> plants, I found  
> > lots of
> > (Eastern) Huckleberry Jelly but no plants.  I
> finally did find one  
> > nursery
> > who said they had (Gaylussacia baccata) plants
> but, for unsaid  
> > reasons, they
> > refused to sell me any.  I finally found some
> growing wild in  
> > Wisconsin.
> > . . .
> 
> My sister has some eastern huckleberries.  They
> aren't doing very  
> well, but her experience wouldn't scare me off
> trying them.  She  
> planted them in a sort of dry shady spot next to the
> house, her dog  
> was very fond of chewing on them, and this year
> they've been denuded  
> by winter moths.  At any rate, she found a local
> nursery that was  
> happy to sell them to her.  (And the shrubs smell
> wonderful and woodsy.)
> 
> Ginda
> 
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Michael Dossett
Corvallis, Oregon
www.Mdossettphoto.com
phainopepla at yahoo.com


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