Growing Huckleberries Archive

Update on Huckleberry Grower

Posted August 30, 2014 By sandy

From our friend Joe Culbreth who is a huckleberry grower in Rathdrum, Idaho.  This is the email I received from Joe last spring:

We here at Berry & Nut Farm are not a research center for huckleberries,  but are are growing huckleberries. We started our huckleberry field in 2010, which now, consist of about 1 acre and about 1200 plants.

We purchased our plants from 4 different sources. Our oldest plants are now 4 years old and we hope to see some flowers any day.

My grandsons and I visited Dr Barney in 2009 or 2010 to learn about growing huckleberries and nut trees. We should have had a few more sessions as Dr Barney had lots of knowledge, more than we could take-in in a 2 hour visit.

A few days ago, I received the following correspondence with the pictures attached:

You can’t tell from the attached photos, but plants have recovered from last winter’s, winter kill. That sounds better than, I lost a years growth.


As for providing shade protection for huckleberries, (we have planted) blackberries and apple trees behind the huckleberry plants ….


Farm 2014 08 21 blk vs hb 015Will be adding a lot more sawdust this fall, will not be tucking-in each plant with pine needles as I have the past 4 winters. I will be crossing my fingers…


We wish Joe the best success with his huckleberry crop.  For more information on his Berry & Nut Farm, check out his website

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Huckleberry Festival in Mount Hood, Oregon

Posted August 11, 2014 By sandy

Announcing the Huckleberry Festival in Mount Hood, Oregon.

According to Janet Eastman, writer for the Oregonian ….

Huckleberry Festival

Mt. Hood Huckleberry Festival and Barlow Trail Days has live music, storytellers, historical tours, a watermelon launch and other activities, exhibits, food and retail vendors, fresh wild huckleberries and huckleberry-filled treats. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri-Sat, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun, Aug. 22-24. Mt. Hood Village Resort, 65000 E. Highway 26, Welches.

The family-oriented event will have live music, Native American storytelling, arts and crafts, and historical tours of Mount Hood’s Oregon Trail. Catapults and other uniquely designed contraptions will launch watermelons and other produce into the air.

Admission and parking are free.

You can also buy huckleberry goodies like jams, syrups, candies, teas, milkshakes, coffee and vinaigrettes as well as Indian frybread and tacos. There will be a Native American salmon bake and a huckleberry pancake breakfasts.

For more information about the Mt. Hood Huckleberry Festival, visit the Cascade Geographic Society.

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The article also talks about growing and raising huckleberries. Here are some points of interest from the Northwest Berry and Grape Information Network

  • Huckleberries grow slowly, taking up to 15 years to reach full maturity from seed or cuttings, and prefer high elevations.
  • Black huckleberry colors range from black to purple to bluish tinge to red. You can even find white berries.
  • Cascade and black huckleberries are naturally adapted to short-season areas and depend on an insulating cover of snow for survival during winter’s sub-zero temperatures.
  • For small plantings on sites with poor air and water drainage, consider growing huckleberries in raised beds.

Some of the nurseries sited in the article that sell huckleberry plants:

  1. Bosky Dell Natives in West Linn
  2. Woodbrook Native Plant Nursery in Gig Harbor, Wash

For more information on growing huckleberries, check out our resource section for a copy of Dr. Barney’s book on Growing Western Huckleberries (available in PDF download as well).

Make sure to check out this informative article for more information on growing huckleberries.

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Huckleberries are easy to grow, tasty for jams and pies

Gloucester Daily Times

I ordered some herbs from a catalog this year. Included were some huckleberry seeds. I planted the seeds in an 8-inch clay pot, and now they are about a foot high. How high will they grow, and should I plant them in the ground?

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Fake Snake Saves Huckleberries!!

Posted May 24, 2011 By sandy

Counting on fake snake to save huckleberries

Bastrop Daily Enterprise
They were huckleberries just like the ones my mom used to pick and make the absolute best cobblers I ever tasted. I declare those huckleberry cobblers are

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Huckleberries Down Under

Posted January 15, 2011 By Patrick

Hi there, my name’s Patrick and I’m growing huckleberries in Perth, Australia!

I’m nearly 16 weeks into the process and have some lovely little seedlings so far. We’re getting well into an Australian summer so a couple haven’t survived the hot weather (maximum temps of at least 30C/86F and up to 37C/100F this week), but most are big and strong enough to cope.

A little bit of background – I fell in love with huckleberries when I moved to Portland, OR a couple of years ago. My wife got a job back in Australia, so before I moved I hiked up into the Mt Hood wilderness and picked some berries to collect the seeds. I checked it all out with AQIS to make sure that the seeds were allowed in the country and planted them a couple of weeks after I got back in early Spring. Prof Barney’s book is fantastic, I emailed him before I left for Australia and he was very encouraging, too. So far, the seedlings are growing in old cherry tomato punnets in “native plant striking mix” – my Dad’s a plant pathologist and raises Australian native plants with it. We tried transplanting a few seedlings a couple of weeks ago but I think the potting mix had too much nitrogen and they didn’t make it.

At the moment, we’re just maintaining them through the hot weather, fertilizing every 2-4 weeks and then when we get some cooler weather, we’re planning to transfer them to individual pots. I’ll upload some photos of the seedlings, too. I haven’t quite worked out yet how to get them cold enough to go dormant during winter without exposing them to frost. Might have to buy an old fridge…

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Forest Service wants to boost huckleberries

Albany Democrat Herald
SWEET HOME — Huckleberries were an important part of the diets of native Americans Opening the canopy will increase the amount of light for huckleberry

How to Plant Huckleberries |

The huckleberry plant, native to the United States, bares berry-like fruits that contain 10 seeds per fruit. Raising huckleberries requires a big commitment

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The Path of the Huckleberry – eG Forums

The ancient path of the huckleberry is covered by the foot-steps of generations of Native Americans. In late summer when the huckleberries came into their

Huckleberry Plant Identification |

Huckleberry plants flower from April until June. These small blooms are a pale yellow or pink and are quite inconspicuous. While the huckleberries

How to Grow Wild Blueberries and Huckleberries |

You may be able to purchase wild blueberry stock from a nursery, but huckleberries are generally only found in the wild. Wild huckleberry plants must be

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Growing Huckleberries

Posted June 21, 2010 By sandy

Easy to Grow Native Plants | Garden Guides

Huckleberries have the reputation of being difficult to grow. Most huckleberries grow in moist, acidic woodland soils that are rich in humus.

Huckleberries in My Garden: Update

By Pip Gardner
I think that’s all for now. I will try to have some pictures next time. As always I am open to suggestions whether huckleberry related or just basic gardening tips. I’ll mention you in the blog post if I use anything.

My Tennessee: Huckleberry season

By Michael Antoniak
There’s more huckleberries to be picked every day until the season run its brief course. Plenty to satisfy me and the parade of birds which make their way to that bush throughout the day for the seasonal treat we share.

365 Days of Matt: Huckleberry Eats

By Matt
They know me so well that they got me a bottle of Huckleberry Creme Soda made right in Missoula. They also got me a Huckleberry Chocolate Bar and some Huckleberry Fudge. I am guessing huckleberries are all the rage up their in Montana.

TheEasyGarden – Gardening Forum / will huckleberries grow in MA?

Ever since my husband went to Montana last year and brought home some huckleberry jam my son loves it. The problem is you can’t find it here,

Huckleberries in My Garden: Not What I expected (But that’s okay)

By Pip Gardner
According to my research and Barney (pg 24), huckleberry plants aren’t supposed to start flowering until 3-5 years. I am not expecting any fruit this year or next year for that matter. However, I am certain that one of the plants has a

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Growing Huckleberries in Florida

Posted February 1, 2010 By sandy

Growing Huckleberries in Florida

Growing Huckleberries in Florida. I love huckleberry jam, but I only get a taste of this yummy fruit in December when I go to Idaho for vacation.

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Following is an older post from 2005, but still has some interesting information:

Wild huckleberry nearly tamed
Not everyone thrilled about efforts to domesticate Idaho state fruit

Betsy Z. Russell
Idaho Spokesman-Review
July 7, 2005

After a century without success, researchers say they are now within three to five years of domesticating the wild huckleberry . . . .

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