(Solanum melanocerasum) Upright 3-4' branched plants produce hundreds of ¾" metallic purple-black berries in clusters. Best when picked after berries turn from glossy to dull black. Tasteless when raw and unsweetened, but can be made into delicious mock blueberry pies and preserves. Use about 1 pound of berries to ½ cup of sugar for best flavor. Good for freezing and canning. 75-80 days from transplant.
START INDOORS 6 weeks before last frost
GERMINATION 14 Days
PLANT OUTDOORS 24" Apart
LIGHT Full Sun
Green Thumb Tip Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Thin seedlings when 2" tall and transplant into individual pots. Plant outdoors in rows 36" apart.
NOTE: GARDEN HUCKLEBERRIES ARE TOXIC IF EATEN UN-RIPE. Allow berries to fully mature (dull black berry, soft flesh).