Huckleberry - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Teresa Parent
China, ME
Question by theparents
March 2, 1998
What is the garden huckleberry (Solanum guineense) and its horticultural requirements?


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Answer from NGA
March 2, 1998

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Differing from the more commonly known huckleberry, the garden huckleberry is an annual solanum with edible, small, berry-like fruits. It grows to 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall, with leaves 3 to 7 inches long. The flowers are white, about 3/8 inch across; the fruits are black and spherical, about 1/2 inch in diameter. They are eaten after stewing or in pies and preserves.
The plants are not particularly fussy about soil; they prefer full sun but can withstand partial shade during the hot weather. Generally, the plants respond well to conditions that suit tomatoes.

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