Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara), packet of 30 seeds, organic

$2.95

Family:  Nightshade (Solanaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 8

(Nightshade, Bittersweet) Native to Europe and Asia, this interesting plant has crawled over a lot of territory.  The vines drape in a comely manner and are not particularly bothersome, although they can be a bit woody and tenaceous.  The flowers are richly purple, pendent and bright. The red berries are showy. Traditional usage (TWM): low dose botanical, sluggish liver, blemishes, herpes.  Plant prefers part shade and moist, well-drained soil.  It doesn’t really get started until early summer, and the fruits may persist into the winter, looking like dried cherries.  Sow the seed just beneath the surface in rich potting soil.  Germination is best with standard greenhouse technique.  Transplant to part shade or full sun and keep moist for optimal growth.

30 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown [WA NO]

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  1. Question

    Vermillion

    Can any of the nightshades be grown indoors as houseplants? Would they need a cold period to go dormant or they’ll die completely or are they one of the plants that can go dormant if needed, but don’t necessarily have to for them to thrive?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Vermillion, I get what you mean. It is possible that the solanum dulcamara could be grown indoors and would stay green through the winter. Woody vines like this do not die back to the crown in the winter and I think that’s the relevant demarcation–plants that die back to the crown need winter dormancy and woody plants may be less dependent on winter dormancy to stay healthy. We still have quite a few of the datura “mranaha” for sale and they appear to remain green until they frost, and if they don’t frost, they just live on and on.
      Richo

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    • Vermillion

      Oh, thanks thats the most helpful advice I’ve gotten so far. I ask because i have a varigated black nightshade, a bittersweet, and atropa seeds I’d like to keep indoors if possible due to where i live, i could put them outside in pots and let them die back if i have to. I just don’t want a stray animal or a kid to come on the porch and mess with them, it happens more often in my neighborhood than it should lol. Do you know if any of the ones i have can actually survive as a houseplant? Its fall now, so i need know soon before it’s too cold to put them outside to go dormant. I really want them to not die lmao

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi There,
      You can try to keep them indoors, the proof is in the pudding. A good repot is always helpful.
      Richo

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