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Huckleberry Seeds - Solanum - Wonderberry

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  • Seed Count: 50 Seeds
  • Maturity Date: 75-85 Days from Planting
  • Plant Type: Annual, Solanum retroflexum
  • Fruit Characteristics: Small, dark purple to black when ripe
  • Growth Habit: Bushy, compact, up to 2-3 feet tall
  • Ideal Growing Conditions: Full sun, well-drained soil
  • Use: Fresh eating, jams, and desserts
  • Origin: Developed by Luther Burbank
  • Caution: Do not eat green unripe berries as they may contain toxins

History:
Wonderberry, developed by the famed horticulturist Luther Burbank, is a unique addition to the nightshade family. Known scientifically as Solanum retroflexum, this berry was created through selective breeding, aiming to enhance flavor and ease of growth. Burbank, renowned for his agricultural innovations, introduced the Wonderberry in the early 20th century, sparking interest among gardeners and cooks alike for its versatility and ease of cultivation.

Uses:
Wonderberries are celebrated for their sweet, mildly tart flavor when fully ripe. They are ideal for fresh consumption, as well as for making jams, pies, and other desserts. Their small, dark berries also make a visually appealing addition to fruit salads. Their use extends beyond the kitchen, as they can be a delightful ornamental plant with their lush foliage and abundant fruit.

Growing Habits & Planting Instructions:
Wonderberries are undemanding plants, thriving in full sun and well-drained soil. They can be started indoors and transplanted outside after the last frost, or sown directly into the garden. Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep, spacing them about 24 inches apart to accommodate their bushy growth. They require regular watering, especially during dry spells. Being an annual, they will complete their life cycle in one growing season, producing fruit that ripens from green to a deep purple-black.

Warning:
It's crucial to remember that while ripe Wonderberries are safe to consume, the green, unripe berries are toxic. Always ensure berries are fully ripe before eating. Those with sensitivities to nightshade plants should also proceed with caution.

Enjoy the unique taste and historical significance of the Wonderberry in your garden, a testament to Luther Burbank's legacy in plant breeding.

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