Garden Berries

Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 15

80.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Rebecca
Location:
Eugene, OR
Date:
October 3, 2014
          4.0
 
Great plant for the right spot
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? beautiful flowers

What are the cons? thorns

Review:

This became a huge plant in my garden - topping over 7 feet. I didn't really get enough fruit to merit the space it took, but I did love it for the continually beautiful flower display that stood above everything else. I underestimated the space it requires, so planted it too close to my tomatoes, which has made harvesting them more of a chore. I'd recommend it to someone who has the space to play around with interesting plants, with caveats. Another time I'd put it in the back or on an edge where it can grow without whacking you with its thorny branches.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
DK
Location:
Torrey, UT
Date:
January 23, 2014
          4.0
 
These will get ya
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Unique

What are the cons? Hard to harvest

Review:

These plants were super unique to grow, and I didn't realize how big they would get- lots of branches, lots of thorns. They didn't ripen until almost before the first frost (but where I was growing this was probably normal) and opened up when ripe, so you don't have to fight with the thorns on the fruit covering to get to them. Not super tasty, but something fun to try.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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10 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Andie
Location:
Belfair, WA
Date:
October 8, 2013
          5.0
 
Loved this one
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Taste, appearance

What are the cons? Thorns

Review:

I absolutely loved this plant and plan to grow it next year as well. If you let the berries fully ripen they taste amazing right off the plant. All the seeds I planted germinated; I started them in March on a heated mat with a grow light in my greenhouse. I had a ton on berries starting around July. My husband joked that they are a great "security" plant because of the wicked thorns - that's the only downside to the plant is you have to carefully consider where you place it because mine got BIG. Like six foot tall big. They don't like to be moved, and let you know it with their thorns. I'm interested in researching other uses for the berries because I got so many we couldn't eat them all.

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6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Finch
Location:
San Jose, CA
Date:
July 29, 2013
          4.0
 
Refreshing garden snack
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Cool, tasty fruit

What are the cons? Low yield, wicked thorns

Review:

The pretty white flowers gave way, in my garden, to seedy fruit with a refreshing cucumber/watermelon taste. They make a wonderful little snack while gardening, but with two plants now hitting three feet each, I'm lucky to get two thimble-sized berries at the same time. The thorns are formidable and cover even the leaves that cup the pendant berries, but they actually help you to harvest at the right time. The berry is ripe when the top leaves pull back and you can safely pluck it. The fruit is seedy, but the seeds have (to my taste) a reasonably pleasant crunch. I think I will grow it again, as the flavor is delightful.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Nik
Location:
Irvine, CA
Date:
July 27, 2013
          4.0
 
Worth trying
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? Prolific, tasty, and unique

What are the cons? Fruit attacked by insect

Review:

We tried growing this in a (small) container this year and had terrific results. Other reviewers have noted the visual appeal of this plant, and we'd have to agree - it's a star in our garden! As to fruit, we find them delicious. I always laugh at descriptions of fruit (and wines) that attribute flavors that I can't detect... but these really do taste as much of cherries as they do anything else. Sweet and wonderful right off the plant. Perhaps a mild tomato-like finishing note. Ours was top-heavy for the small container we used, so put a brick or two in your pot if going that route. The plant is about four feet tall (I'm sure it would be bigger in a better-suited container) and still setting fruit and flowering in July. The only downside is that some insect has been burrowing into some of our fruit, but we luckily we have enough to share!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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