In this article I will describe the best methods I've found for growing Garden Huckleberries from seed. Garden huckleberries are related very closely to tomatoes and are in the family Solanaceae. Therefore the methods used are very applicable to tomatoes as well.
Things You Will NeedPeat pots, soil starting mix, seeds, garden trowel.
Step 1Find a good seed source. Several places sell these seeds. I used Victory Seeds.
Step 2Plant the seeds in a peat pot half full of seed starting mix. Bury the seed about 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep.
Step 3Mist the soil and pot very well with water. Place the pot onto a pan or tray and gently pour a little water around the outside of the pot. Keep some water in the bottom at all times. Mist when the top of the soil gets dry.
Step 4Place the pan and pot in an area with good light--preferably under a fluorescent light with daylight bulbs. Keep the planting at about 65-75 degrees F.
Step 5Once the seedling emerges keep it under light and add potting soil as it gets a longer stem. This promotes root growth and keep the plant from becoming too "leggy".
Step 6Once the plant has two or more sets of true leaves (not the first set) you can begin bringing it outdoors in the shade for 1-2 hours per day. Any longer than that and it will fry. Slowly introduce it to full sun over a few weeks. To expedite this "hardening off" period you can also do this for about one week and then plant and cover with a shade cloth.
Step 7Keep the newly planted seedling watered well. If it starts to develop white spots on leaves (see picture above) it's time to give it some shade. Any object that is big enough will work but I use shade cloth.
Garden huckleberries are a fantastic plant to grow in the garden. The berries are bland but very tasty when sweetened. In addition the plants are usually pretty hardy and grow well with little input.
Tips & WarningsNightshade plants and the berries look similar I'm told so make sure you have positive identification on ANY thing you plan on putting into your body.
Because this plant is a member of the nightshade/tomato family its leaves and stems are likely toxic so keep dogs and small children away.