Answer: Huckleberries are known botanically as Gaylussacia dumosa. They require an acidic (pH 4.5), peaty soil that drains well, but will hold adequate moisture to sustain the shallow-rooted plants. Partial shade is their favored garden light. If your soil is very alkaline, then you may need to alter pH with soil amendments, and then mix peat moss with the soil prior to planting. To be sure, have a soil test done by your agricultural extension service when you reach your final destination. You can order plants from Louisiana Nursery, 5853 Highway 182, Opelousas, LA 70570, ph# 318/948-3696.
Bush cherries generally grow to a height of anywhere from 4 to 8 feet, depending on variety. The varieties I researched are all sour types, and different varieties vary in their pollination requirements. Here are two nurseries to contact: Edible Landscaping, ph# 800-524-4156, web site: http://www.eat-it.com and St. Lawrence Nurseries, 325 State Hwy 345, Potsdam, NY 13676, ph# 315-265-6739, web site: http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us
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