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Common Name: Baw-Baw Berry
Wittsteinia vacciniacea is a Shrub up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Australia - Victoria.
Found in the sub-alpine zone at altitudes between 900 - 1500 metres[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it can be grown outdoors in Britain. One report says that it requires greenhouse protection in this country[
]. However, plants tolerate temperatures down to at least -7°c in Australian gardens[
], though this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and colder wetter and longer winters. It would certainly be worthwhile trying it outdoors in the milder areas of the country[
]. It is likely to require a sunny sheltered position.
]. No more details are given.
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise in early spring. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first two winters before trying them outdoors.
Cuttings. Probably it is best to take these in July or August in a frame. It is quite likely that, as with many members of this family, plants have very fine root systems and great care must be taken when transplanting them.