Wonderberries are edible plants which produce berries from early summer until fall. These berry plants are annuals in most climates, but they do not tolerate frost. Although wonderberries are part of the nightshade family, they are edible only once they're ripe, but never when they're unripe. If eaten unripe, wonderberries can be poisonous. Even so, wonderberries do not have a pleasant taste unless made into jams, jellies, pies, and preserves. If you're interested in learning more about how to grow wonderberries, keep reading the guide below!
How to Grow Wonderberries in Your Garden
Wonderberries are also known as golden huckleberries or sunberries, and were developed in the 1900s by Luther Burbank. This bushy plant has attractive white flowers that appear in the summer followed by hundreds of black-bluish berries.
- Start seeds indoors in late winter, and transplant outdoors once all danger of frost has passed.
- If you live in a warmer climate, you can plant them directly outdoors.
- Sow the seeds in rich, organic soil with good drainage.
- Water regularly if there is no rainfall.
- Mulch around the plant to keep moisture.
- Wonderberries are ready for harvest once they turn a dark bluish color.
- Don't just pick them off the plant – you'll end up with quite a mess on your hands!
- Instead simply roll them gently between your hands and let them fall into a bowl.
So now that you know how to grow wonderberries, it's time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!
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Aren’t these Solanum Nigrum? If so, wouldn’t it be better to advise against growing ones you find in the woods because many strains of this plant produce toxins that are harmful and, in many cases, lethal.