Sunberry grow and care – shrub of the genus Solanum also known as Wonderberry plant, Sunberry perennial evergreen but in cold climate grow as annual plant, used for the edible fruits and also used as ornamental plant can grow in mediterranean, subtropical, temperate or tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+ as perennial 2+ as annual.
Leaves green hairy in shape rhomboid to deltoid the size 3-5 cm.
Flowers color white in star shape, flowers grows in clusters.
Fruit edible, color is dark blue-purple to black some plant are bland in flavor and need to be eaten fully ripen if not toxic,
Rich soil, warm weather, organic material, hummus, as perennial better to bending a branch over and covering it with soil it make the plants stronger and grow for longer
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seed / vegetative reproduction possible by bending a branch over and covering it with soil, or by cutting, the cutting possible to put in water and switch the water every few days or put the stem in soil better peat soil and better with root growth hormone, in both cutting methods better to do it in warm season, with high humidity.
Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction? No, but easy to do so
Difficulties or problems when growing: Can be invasive, green fruits are toxic
Planting season: Spring to autumn, better in hardiness zone 2-10a as annual plant in spring ,hardiness zone 10b-12 spring to autumn if planted as annual in spring as perennial especially in places without cold winter possible in the summer to autumn and if summer it’s hot like in desert autumn or spring and in the right condition can grow as perennial, in tropical better in the dry season
Pests and diseases: Aphids
Pruning season: Autumn / Winter
How to prune: Dead branches and for design, better to open the plant that it will get full sun in order to get good fruits
Size of the plant? 30-60 cm, 12-24 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Fast growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water / Big amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun / Half Shade will bear less fruits
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes
Bloom season: Spring / Summer / Autumn (hardiness zone 11b+ possible all the year)
General information about the flower White flowers grow in clusters
Pollination is done by: Bees, flies
Fruit harvest season: Spring / Summer / Autumn (hardiness zone 11b+ possible all the year)
Fruits pests or diseases: Birds
What can be done with big quantities of Sunberry fruits? Eat raw, salad, jams