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Tasmanian Snow Berry Seeds - delicious fruits (Gaultheria Hispida)
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Gaultheria hispida is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.9 m (3ft). It is hardy to zone 9. It is in flower from May to June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. The spectacular fruits, comprising a swollen calyx surrou
Gaultheria hispida is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.9 m (3ft). It is hardy to zone 9. It is in flower from May to June. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.
The spectacular fruits, comprising a swollen calyx surrounding a dry capsule which give it the common name of Snow Berry, are edible. Fruit - raw or cooked is Somewhat bitter. Not unpleasant, they taste somewhat like gooseberries when cooked but with a slight bitterness. The fruit is about 8 - 10mm wide.
It is generally found in the high rainfall areas of west and north-east Tasmania, and reaches up to sub-alpine areas.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.
Gaultheria hispida seeds will usually germinate in 30-60 days.
Normally will only germinate with light so surface sow. Sow Gaultheria hispida seeds on the surface of a Peaty seed sowing mix at about 20°C.
Gaultheria hispida seeds need to be "overwintered" before they will germinate.
Stratification; cold treatment or vernalization. Seeds of some species need just a couple of weeks, others 3 months. Seeds can be stratified in dampened peat or sand, in a plastic box or bag at 4°C or 5°C in a refrigerator. The seeds should not be frozen or in a wet medium. Very small seeds can be sown on the surface of their growing medium, in pots sealed in plastic bags, and kept in the 'fridge. Many vernalized seeds need light to germinate when they are sown in the "Spring".
Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are about 25mm tall and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer.
Note: The seed is very small
Seeds / Cuttings
about 4-10 weeks in a moist substrate at 2-5 ° C in a refrigerator or cold house
all year round
Needs Light to germinate! Just sprinkle on the surface of the substrate + gently press
Coir or sowing mix + sand or perlite
about 20 ° C.
bright + keep constantly moist not wet
Water regularly during the growing season
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