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.
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.
The seed requires a period of cold stratification. Pre-chill for 4 - 10 weeks and then surface sow in a lime-free compost. The seed usually germinates well, usually within 1 - 2 months at 20°c, but the seedlings are liable to damp off. It is important to water them with care and to ensure that they get plenty of ventilation. 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.
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