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How do you care for huckleberry plants?

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To care for huckleberry plants, keep the plants watered on a regular basis. Every week, there needs to be a couple inches of water at the base of the plants. This is done until the huckleberries are established, then the soil only needs to be kept moist, but not soggy.

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In the spring season, start preparing the huckleberry bush once all frost for the season is gone. Use a shovel to turn over about 12 to 18 inches of the soil. Add compost after turning the soil, and work it into the soil. Create larger clumps when mixing them together by using a hoe, then use a rake to reduce these big clumps into smaller clumps. Each huckleberry bush should be planted 18 to 24 inches apart.

Huckleberry plants are small bushes, not growing much larger than a bell pepper plant. They are easy to take care of and grow best in USDA zones between 3 and 7. They should be planted in full sun, though can handle occasional shade.

When the huckleberries are green, it means they are immature. When they turn black, they are mature and ready to pick. The taste of a huckleberry is bitter and goes well with sweet desserts, pies and jams.

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