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Morelle de Balbis are still no-shows today, but the tomatillos are up... they germinated in only 4 days.
The Morelle de Balbis germinated in 7-8 days, which is only one day later than my average for tomato seed of the same age (2016). A few latecomers are still popping up, but the final germination rate will be above 80%. The gardener who was my original source stated that the seed has a short storage life, and it may be shorter than tomatoes... but it still appears to be good stored dry & sealed at room temperature for 5 years.

My biggest disappointment this year for the Nightshades is Garden Huckleberry. This was new commercial seed, and so far only 5 of 18 have germinated after 9 days. Online info states that germination can take up to 2 weeks, but I germinate all Solanaceae under 75-80 F. conditions, and there are no signs of stragglers... so this may be all I get. Fortunately I only need a few plants anyway for my trial.
 

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The Morelle de Balbis germinated in 7-8 days, which is only one day later than my average for tomato seed of the same age (2016). A few latecomers are still popping up, but the final germination rate will be above 80%. The gardener who was my original source stated that the seed has a short storage life, and it may be shorter than tomatoes... but it still appears to be good stored dry & sealed at room temperature for 5 years.

My biggest disappointment this year for the Nightshades is Garden Huckleberry. This was new commercial seed, and so far only 5 of 18 have germinated after 9 days. Online info states that germination can take up to 2 weeks, but I germinate all Solanaceae under 75-80 F. conditions, and there are no signs of stragglers... so this may be all I get. Fortunately I only need a few plants anyway for my trial.
Garden Huckleberry is one I haven't yet tried @Zeedman, though I'd like to. I've tried Sunberries (which cause some people to freak out because they look like some other deadly plant, can't recall which one) and thought they were pretty good. Problem was on any given branch you'd only get a couple ripe berries at a time. That was a pain, partly because I had only a couple plants. So, the harvest was really lengthy (starts early & finishes late), but not good for a baking recipe. Have you grown the hucks before?
 

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Good to know that tomatillos will root along the stem... proof they will benefit from being planted on their side. Mine are far behind those in the photos, I only started them 3 days ago (along with Morelle de Balbis) & expect to see them emerge in the next day or two.

I can't believe how aggressively that tomatillo rooted, by day 5 it was so furry at the end of the cutting it looked like a bleached muppet. Most aggressive rooting tendency I've seen yet. I would never have guessed they would do that, or that they could be lay planted.
 

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Garden Huckleberry is one I haven't yet tried @Zeedman, though I'd like to. I've tried Sunberries (which cause some people to freak out because they look like some other deadly plant, can't recall which one) and thought they were pretty good. Problem was on any given branch you'd only get a couple ripe berries at a time. That was a pain, partly because I had only a couple plants. So, the harvest was really lengthy (starts early & finishes late), but not good for a baking recipe. Have you grown the hucks before?
Yes, the Sunberries closely resemble Black Nightshade... too closely for me, given that Black Nightshade is a common weed here & it would be difficult to tell them apart.

I've never grown Garden Huckleberry before, but observed it growing in one of the gardens on SSE's Heritage Farm during a September visit. The plants were remarkable, even from a distance. Most of the stout 36" plants had dropped their leaves, and the heavily-branched bushes were covered with clusters of shiny, black, 1/2-5/8" berries. It appeared that nearly all the berries were ripe, and still clung to the branches - so all or most of the berries could be harvested at the same time. Supposedly relatively tasteless, and need to be cooked... but I'm dreaming about a pie with huckleberry & ground cherry filling.
 

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My latest tomatillo cutting, probably about 5 days old. So, there is no doubt these plants can be rooted in water, or that they have adventitious stems (in case anybody every wanted to try lay planting them or taking cuttings from plants).

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Went poking around today to see what transplants are left out there in the garden stores (not that I need any!) just because my quest for interesting & unique vegetable material is a little insatiable. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a tomato start with the label "Muddy Waters'! What luck! This one is Tom Wagner's creation, something that came along in his attempt to create a 'Blue Zebra'. What a find! It's got gold stripes and indigo shading. 🥰

Also was in euphoric shock to find Purple Peruvian, Purple Magic, Red Emmalie & Pink Amarosa seed potatoes! The gardening products on offer sure has changed since last year!

SO HAPPY!!!

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