[NAFEX] Garden Huckleberry-solonaceae

drosehngs1 at juno.com drosehngs1 at juno.com
Fri May 25 14:35:11 EDT 2007

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Berries average 1/4 to 3/8 inch in diameter.  There is seedling 
variation though, and it's likely that with some selection and good 
care 1/2 inch berries would be easy to attain.  My current crop is all 
from a single large berried plant I selected last year and I expect the 
seedlings will have larger fruit than average.   Plants will average 3 
feet tall and may spread that much.  They like the same conditions as 
tomatoes.  The berries come in trusses like cherry tomatoes and it's 
much easier to pick them by waiting until all the berries on a truss 
are ripe, then snip the truss with your fingernails.  If you strip 
them, they juice all over your hands.  Once you plant them, you'll 
probably have them come back as volunteers for years to come.
And though they are Solanums, I've never seen blight or disease of any 
sort on them.   With their frost hardiness, it might be fun to graft a 
tomato to one of the plants and see if it gains any hardiness.
-Lon Rombough

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On May 24, 2007, at 11:51 AM, mIEKAL aND wrote:

Any tricks to growing Wonderberry?? I'm growing it for the first time & 
just about to put them in the ground...? How tall do they get, do they 
need support, what size are the fruit?


On May 24, 2007, at 1:45 PM, Lon J. Rombough wrote:

> I have some Solanum burbankii, the Wonderberry, that is pleasantly 
> sweet to eat fresh, but it's messy to handle because the berries are 
> soft and juice a lot when picked.  It self-seeds quite a bit and the 
> seedlings regularly come up early and they take a surprising amount of 
> frost. I have a lot of them already over 6 inches tall. They would be 
> larger if they weren't crowded.
> -Lon_______________________________________________
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