I have green spiders that develop on my huckleberry plants as the fruit starts to ripen. Is there a way of disposing of them organicically? I really hate to spray, as the berries taste so good as they are. They don't really bother me, but over the years there seem to be getting more and more of them.
Spiders don't harm plants and can be beneficial in keeping unwanted pests from getting at the fruit and plant. If there seems to be very many of them, the best organic method would be to simply use your water hose to spray down the plants and knock the spiders off. It won't get rid of them all, but will reduce how many there are of them. To be honest, if they do seem to be hanging around, they are probably well fed off pests from the plant and may be keeping your fruit safe from those pests.
Do they need to cross pollinate?
Huckleberries do require cross pollination.
Plant several of the same species for an abundant yield of berries.
We live in Chicago. We have a huckleberry tree that has been doing great over the years. It is now losing leaves, turning yellow and looking droopy. Are we watering it too much? Too little? Is it a fungus? What else?
Excess watering can cause yellowing leaves, if the roots sit in soggy soil, the plants can suffer root rot. Leaves would turn brown and plants can die off.
Make sure the soil is draining.
More serious causes of yellowing leaves could be herbicide injury or Botrytis Stem or Leaf Blight.
The links below will help you determine the cause of the plant yellowing.
I recently rented a home in Sacramento County, California. There is a huge huckleberry tree growing in the backyard. It is covered with berries. Are the berries edible and safe for making jam/jelly?
Yes, they are edible!
Here are some articles to help you.
I want to obtain wild huckleberry plants found in southeast Tx (zone 9) and zone 8 in south La.
Try your local garden centers and greenhouses.
Do a Google search for growers that can ship to you.
Try Ebay and Etsy, they can be good sources for plants; but always check their Feedback before purchasing.
I planted in the shade three Huckleberry plants about 4 years ago and they are about four feet tall now. They flower like crazy and have lots of visiting bees. I water and feed them like I do my Blueberries. The Blueberries fruit like crazy, but for some reason the Huckleberries never fruit. My question is: Does the Huckleberry plant need to be some may years old in order to produce fruit? Thank you for your help, Karen
If plant care is good and nutrition and environmental conditions are met you can expect to get fruit in 3 to 5 years.
Full production can take 10 to 15 years. So, likely just more patience is needed.
This link has more information.
My huckleberry plants are 10-15 years old. They produce lots of berries that seem to be totally ripe in late September although this year with over 30 days of upper 90's temps (yest in Portland, Oregon), they are ripening now.They receive some morning sun and the afternoon provides shade. My question is about pruning. Four of the plants seem to grow high over 4 feet and I want to know if I can trip the top branches. Would this make the bushes be even wider and fuller or kill their enthusiasm to thrive? Thanks for any feedback, Sherry
There is no real need to prune these, unless there are dead branches or just to control an unruly shrub. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/huckleberries/huckleberry-plant-care.htm