Huckleberries, Gaylussacia baccata
Having spent a few years in Ohio during the Great Depression, my mother came to think huckleberries were a pretty good fruit and she encouraged me to try them in my garden. I think Gaylussacia baccata is the plant she meant. Reading about them, they sound tasty. But they don't grow around here naturally, and I do not have the acid soil they need.
Is anyone familiar with this kind of huckleberry? Are they productive enough to be worth some extra effort to acidify a growing area for them? I would like to grow one plant (is that enough?) in her memory, but not if it is both a lot of fuss to yearly fight the moderate alkalinity and a fight to get a satisfying number of berries.
Do you have any thoughts?