Jaltomata procumbens (Creeping False Holly) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: Start these seeds indoors in late winter to late spring. One option is to sow about 1/4 inch deep and set the pot in a warm, bright place for germination. Providing supplemental warmth with a heat mat can encourage germination. Even with that, though, sprouting can be slow, taking several weeks to a month or more. In 2023, I experimented with sowing the seeds on moist paper towel (folded and enclosed in a plastic bag and left under lights). I started them on April 1 and sprouting began on April 7. So, that’s another option worth considering for possibly faster results. I found a mention that soaking the seeds for several days before sowing can also help to speed germination. I suspect doing that helps to remove germination inhibitors, especially if you change the water one or twice a day during the soaking period.

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Despite its common name of creeping false holly, this plant does not have a creeping habit: it produces upright to somewhat sprawling, 2- to 4-foot-tall stems. And, it has no close relation to the shrub better known as false holly (Osmanthus): Jaltomata procumbens is in the same botanical family as potatoes and tomatoes. The name confusion aside, creeping false holly is worth considering if you enjoy growing unusual edibles, for its somewhat sweet, seedy, blueberry-sized fruits, which are edible raw or cooked when mature (glossy purple-black). Grow it in containers or in the ground. Full sun. Annual. May self-sow.

Collected in August 2022. At least 15 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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