Huckleberry - Knowledgebase Question

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

Answer from NGA
March 2, 1998
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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