Developed by Luther Burbank — an American plant breeder — in the early 1900s, Wonderberry (Solanum burbankii) grows on bushy, 2- to 3-ft tall plants with pale green leaves that are said to be narcotic. Small purple fruits are produced in abundance and have a mildly-sweet flavor that’s delicious fresh or cooked. (75 days)
Each packet contains approximately 25 seeds.
Planting and Harvesting Tips:
Start plants indoors 4-8 weeks prior to the last frost of spring. Surface sow or barely cover with soil to speed germination. Keep planting trays warm and do not allow to dry out — keep moist! Transplant outside after the soil has warmed. Space seedlings 1-2 feet apart in all directions.
Fruits turn from green to purple-black when ripe. To harvest, gently roll the berries with your fingers — do NOT pull — and they will fall right off the stem. Flavors are best when cooked with sugar in pies, preserves and desserts.