A super hardy wild blueberry from Eastern North America. It makes a great edible landscape ground cover as it barely reaches 90cm in height. In spring, the bees come visit the clusters white bell-like flowers which are followed by abundant delicious blue fruits in mid-late summer, that are reputedly more rich, complex taste than regular domestic highbush blueberries. Blazing scarlet purple fall colour.
Adaptable to many soil types making it ideal for edible landscaping for poor soils & full sun. Used to rehab disturbed sites even mining reclamation.
- Seed Count: 50-75
- Collection Date: Nov 2021
- Hardiness Zone: 3-9
- Prefers full sun and moist acidic humus soils.
- Height and Width: 0.5m x spreading
- Germination test type: float
- Family: Ericaceae
How to germinate Vaccinum angustifolium seeds
Mix the seeds with an equal of moist perlite or vermiculite in a sealable plastic bag. Add enough water to moisten the mixture. Place bag in a refrigerator or cold garage for at least 3 months. grows best in 24 cell (2″diameter) 14″x8.5″x4″ deep flats. Sowing Media: Scotts Redi-earth Plug and Seedling Mix. Contains vermiculite, and sphagnum peat moss. Soil is sterile.
Thoroughly moisten the soil with water, mixing in the water with a trowel. Cover the holes in the bottom/sides of the plug tray cells with paper. Fill cells with damp soil and press soil down with a spoon. Refill the cell plugs with soil to the top, this time not pressing it down. Water the soil in the cell plugs again. Sow the seed by hand at a rate of about 1 seed in each small cell and 2 seeds in each cell with a diameter greater than 2.5″. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil or gently press the seeds into the dirt. Sow year-round due to unpredictable germination. Soil is kept consistently damp during germination using a fine mist
Fibrous root system does not appear to have a tap root. Best to grow in pots then seat out.