Sew direct in warmer climates. In extremely short growing season areas, start indoors six to eight weeks before last frost.Soil temperature should be kept higher than 18°C / 64°F to ensure good germination.
Do not eat unripe (green) berries, they may be toxic. Harvest when the dark berry turns from shiny to dull.
These estimates for how long Wonderberry takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 16 days | Min 9 days | Max 49 days (4)
Average 36 days | Min 27 days | Max 55 days (2)
Average 91 days | Min 91 days | Max 91 days (1)
They were first named “Sunberries”, and were developed in 1905 by Luther Burbank. He sold the rights to another dealer who then renamed them “Wonderberry”. Burbank claimed that they were a cross of Solanum nigrum guineense and Solanum villosum (from Europe) that he’d been working on for 25 years
Sunberry, Garden huckleberry
Solanum burbankii, Solanum x burbankii, Solanum guineense
Misspellings: wonder berry, sun berry
Developed in the early 20 Century by Luther Burbank at his experimental farm near Santa Rosa, California