Where can I get a male pernettya mucronata
Ian Fairweather Posts: 5
edited January 2019 in Plants
Before the holidays I bought a plant sold as Pernettya Mucronata for a winter pot. Its looking great with a mass of lilac coloured berries. However, the label says needs a male plant in order to fruit again next year. A look at this site reveals that Pernettya is actually a form of gaultheria. I have gaultheria procumbens growing in my garden (all cuttings from a single plant) which fruits every year. This suggests that either G. procumbens is self- fertile, or its being pollinated from plants hiding in my neighbours gardens. Does anybody know if G. Mucronata can be pollinated from G. procumbens? If so will the fruit turn out the same? If not, does anybody know where I can get a male G. Mucronata to accompany my female plant?
I suggest you get hold of the hermaphrodite variety of Pernettya called 'Bell's Seedling'... that should sort things out... hermaphrodites are so very useful...
Or do as Marlorena get Gaultheria mucronata Bells Seedling.....which has male and female flowers
I do not believe Gaultheria procumbens would work for this task.
I have a bigger Gaultheria, but can't remember which type it is, Ian. It needs moved from where it is, and you'd have been welcome to it, or a cutting, but I'd have to check whether it's male or female first.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
That would be great. How to identify if its male or female is beyond the scope of my botanical knowledge right now but I guess its possible to find out.