Garden Berries

Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 18

83.3% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Jazzylady
Location:
Orem, UT, United States
Date:
August 1, 2016
          5.0
 
RoLayne
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? the taset of the jam

What are the cons? picking takes time

Review:

just made my first batch of Huckleberry jam. WOW! it is so good. I planted 10 huckleberries last year. Two died, but I had a ton of berries and did not pick them all. My plants did not come back this year and because it was hard to know when they were ripe and a lot of work to pick, I didnt care that they didnt come back until I just made the Jam. If I have to I will replant them every year because they are worth it if you are planning to make jam. Not good to eat raw.

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11 out of 12 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
John
Location:
Albuquerque, NM, United States
Date:
October 5, 2015
          5.0
 
Easy to grow fruitful
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Pest free, fruitful

What are the cons? Harvest is labor intensive

Review:

This is the 4th year or so I have grown these (since first introduced). I have never had a pest problem (appears flea beetles got my eggplant grown nearby this year, adjacent tomatoes had diseased leaves). Seeds are miniscule but germinate well and seedlings grow rapidly. I start seeds when I start tomatoes (late Feb), transplant to garden at same time (early to mid May). Fruit is 1/4" to 1/2" in diameter, in clusters of up to 15, and hangs on plant until I harvest (early October) even if set in June. Allow perhaps 30 to 45 minutes to harvest a quart of "berries". Harvest only those that are completely deep blue-black. The berries freeze very well without blanching. Plants require ample water. I grew 2 plants in 2015 (had fruit left from 2014); plants grew to 4' tall, required staking; one produced 1 quart of fruit, the other 2 1/2 quarts. I add several handfuls (along with some dried fruit) to a pot when making Scotch oatmeal. Berries must be well cooked to be edible.

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13 out of 14 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Farmer Phyl
Location:
Yakima, WA, United States
Date:
September 21, 2015
          4.0
 
Good berries for jam and syrup
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 1.5
 

What are the pros? Free of problems

What are the cons? Can't eat fresh berries

Review:

Grew 2 plants in pots on a patio. Grew to about 2'x2'. They are attractive, pest free, needed to be staked and tied because there were so many berries--5 pounds on each plant!. In Zone 5, transplanted the seedlings in mid May and harvested all berries Sept 20. Be warned, the berries taste terrible until you cook them and add lemon and sugar, which ,doesn't mask the bad flavor but seems to transform it. I made a puree, strained out the skin and seeds then made jam. Delicious! Tastes like a cross between concord grape and blueberry. Made some cobbler from whole, crushed berries and they still had a slight bitter flavor, will try the baking soda suggestion to remove bitterness in the future. This plant is a keeper!

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13 out of 13 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
laurie
Location:
Pleasant Shade, TN, United States
Date:
September 6, 2015
          5.0
 
Good Experience
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? germinates well indoors

What are the cons? bugs love young transplants

Review:

I started these indoors under grow lamps 24/7. Planted them third week of May. I immediately found that flea beetles love them when young, so I used diatomaceous earth to deter these pests. I also used a homemade essential oil blend to keep other pests away too. Once they were about a foot tall, the bugs weren't as interested. It was second week of August when I decided that the berries were fully ripe. They turned black late July, but I waited to insure ripeness so I waited till the shine turned dull. They do hang on the plant for a long time should you not be able to pick. One plant easily did 1 pie. And plenty for pints and pints of seedless jams - I planted 8 plants in a close zigzag shape. I felt that a few of the plants needed support because they were completely covered with berries. It's Sept 6th and they are still going strong. I also made a topping for vanilla ice cream that is fabulous - seeds and all. I used the online recipe using the baking soda bath first. Will do again.

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14 out of 23 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
chris
Location:
colorado springs, CO
Date:
January 20, 2015
          1.0
 
dont bother
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5
 

What are the pros? productive, vigorous, easy

What are the cons? bug magnet

Review:

bugs completely infested these plants, aphids, mites, and others and the plants themselves grew so vigorously that they took over other plants in my garden. and they're not even real huckleberries, so I definitely won't grow them again.

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