The Huckleberry bush is a close relative of the blueberry bush. Huckleberry fruit tastes quite similar to blueberries, and in regions where Huckleberry bushes grow well, it is quite common to see recipes in local restaurants featuring delicious Huckleberry pies, muffins, scones, syrups, jams, jellies and breads. There are several different varietals of Huckleberry bush and most fare best in the Pacific Northwest areas of the United States. While Huckleberries are slowly becoming more popular for home and garden planting, they are not widely available commercially due to their more exacting cultivation requirements. It is important to check with local nurseries or garden centers to identify the best varietal of Huckleberry bush for your climate and garden setting. Once selecting a varietal, follow these growing tips from experts to enhance your experience of growing Huckleberry bushes at home.
Huckleberry bushes require access to full sunlight in order to grow. Some varietals prefer much cooler soil temperatures than others, but this can in part be accomplished by laying a thick layer of protective mulch. Huckleberry bushes can reach to two feet high but can be successfully cultivated in large container pots or in free soil as long as adequate soil drainage and space for roots is available.
To plant Huckleberry bushes in free soil, wait until young plants are at least six feet hgith, and then the best approach is to plant bushes in rows. Rows should be approximately eight feet apart, and young plants should be spaced two to three feet apart for best results. Mulching can be helpful to protect roots and lock in hydration. It is best to plant Huckleberry bushes in the spring or fall season as they will need approximately one year before beginning to yield berries, and cooler temperatures are better for starting young plants.