Cranberry Seeds, American Low Bush Cranberry

(Vaccinium macrocarpon) PerennialZones 2-6.

Cranberry, or American Cranberry, is a low-growing, creeping shrub with small glossy leaves, fuchsia-pink flowers and cheerful, bright red cranberries in Fall. The leaves stay green all winter, which makes Cranberry a lovely ornamental as well as a food source.

Cranberry is native to bogs and wetlands in Southern Canada and Northeastern United States and makes a great groundcover in wet environments, especially with other plants that thrive in acidic soil.

Commercial growers plant Cranberry in wet bogs and periodically flood them to protect the plants in winter, control weeds and pests, and make harvesting easier. A flooded cranberry bog is actually quite a beautiful sight, red berries bobbing across the landscape.

The cranberry is a superfood! They are super rich in antioxidants and high in vitamin C. They can be processed into juice, jams and jellies, or dried as a raisin substitute. A holiday meal isn’t complete without a festive dish of tart, red cranberry sauce!  


Cold Hardiness: Zones 2 - 6

Edible: Yes

SizeGround Cover - Small shrub

Growth RateSlow - Medium

Nitrogen Fixer: No

Native Plant: Yes

Germination: 60-80%

Sun Requirements: Full Sun - Partial Shade

Soil Preference: Slightly acidic, consistently moist. 



SEED PRETREATMENT: Soak seeds in water for 24 hours. Mix seeds with a moistened grow medium equal to 3-4 times seed volume. Place in a plastic bag, covered tray/cells or container.

STRATIFICATION: 90 days cold/moist (5°C). Place plastic bag with seeds and soil in your refrigerator, preferably in a veggie crisper. Inspect periodically for even moisture and germination.

POST-STRATIFICATION: Sow stratified seeds on the soil surface, tamp down gently. Seeds require light to germinate. The ideal temperature range for germination is (15-18°C). Water evenly and regularly.

GERMINATION: When all previously mentioned requirements are fulfilled, germination generally occurs in 40-60 days.

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Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia.

  • $5.99

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