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I recently bought a Gaultheria procumbens for my woodland area. The berries influenced my choice of this particular plant. I've since read articles that suggest I need male and female plants to get berries in future. However, websites that sell the plant make no mention of this. Could anyone clarify please? If I do need male and female, how do I know which is which when buying

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  • Posted: Thu. 22nd October 2009 15:55

Pollinator not needed

Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Katharine,
Gaultheria procumbens flowers are self-fertile (also called perfect since they have both male and female reproductive parts). In other words, you don't need another to create berries. Confusion may come from the fact that another species in the Gaultheria genus - Gaultheria mucronata - needs a pollinator (though having said that, there are a few cultivars on the market that are supposed to have both male and female flowers on the same plant).
Kathy C

  • Posted: Thu. 22nd October 2009 18:52


Reply from Nicola

Hi Katherine, Hope this reply to your question was helpful? I am sure Kathy would love to know if it was. Many thanks Nicola

  • Posted: Sat. 24th October 2009 11:02

when to plant out

Reply from Sue Mitchell

Further to this posting. I have been given a Gaultheria Procumbens for Christmas. Any idea when would be the right time to plant out. We have thick snow at the moment, but is it ok to plant it out as soon as the snow has gone? Many thanks.

  • Posted: Wed. 23rd December 2009 10:41


Reply from Katharine Brown

Thanks to Kathy for the info. Sorry Nicola, I wasn't aware of the etiquette! In the end, I did get another one as the original was looking a bit lonely


  • Posted: Thu. 24th December 2009 11:55