Remove all huckleberry seedlings except the strongest, most vigorous seedling from each pot once the seedlings grow to 1/2 inch in height. Keep the pots in the warm, bright spot until the seedlings reach 2 inches in height, and then move them outdoors to a sheltered area that has light shade and protection from strong wind.
Cover each 4-inch pot with a sheet of plastic wrap. Place the pots on a warming mat near a source of bright sunlight, such as indoors near a lightly shaded window or outdoors in a partly shaded cold frame. Use a location that receives at least six hours of natural sunlight each day.
Cover the crushed huckleberry fruits with water. Soak them overnight. Stir the water the following day, and then let it sit for another one hour. Skim off and throw away all of the floating fruit flesh and floating seeds. Collect the seeds that sunk to the bottom.
Valued for their fragrant fruit and attractive foliage, huckleberries (Vaccinium ovatum) are widely grown in home gardens within U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 to 10. Although they are most commonly propagated from cuttings, huckleberries also grow from fresh seeds. The seeds require no special pretreatment and germinate reliably when provided with a warm, moist environment. Huckleberry seeds require light for germination, however, and must be exposed to bright, indirect sunlight for at least six hours each day to sprout successfully.
Fill 4-inch pots with a moistened mixture of five parts sand and one part milled peat moss to create a soil. Sprinkle four or five huckleberry seeds onto the soil in each pot. Press the seeds gently onto the soil surface to anchor them. Do not cover the seeds with soil.
Transplant the huckleberry seedlings into 6-inch pots filled with standard potting soil. Continue to grow the seedlings in a sheltered area for their first summer. Water them whenever their top 1 inch of soil dries.
Collect huckleberry seeds in late summer after the fruits ripen to a solid purplish-blue color. Gather the ripe fruits in a bucket. Crush the fruits gently against the bottom of the bucket to break apart their flesh.
Watch for seed germination, or sprouts, after about one month. Remove the plastic wrap and the warming mat after the seeds sprout. Put the pots in a warm, bright spot.
Set the temperature on the warming mat to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during each day. Lower the temperature to 60 degrees Fahrenheit each night. Monitor the moisture level in each pot’s soil, and use a spray bottle to mist the soil with water whenever it feels dry to the touch.
Valued for their fragrant fruit and attractive foliage, huckleberries (Vaccinium ovatum) are widely grown in home gardens within U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 to 10. Although they are most commonly propagated from cuttings, huckleberries also grow from fresh seeds. The seeds require no special …