Propagating American Highbush Cranberry - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by backus14
November 8, 1997
How can I propagate American highbush cranberry from seed and cuttings?


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Answer from NGA
November 8, 1997

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If you have the patience, American highbush cranberry, Viburnum trilobum, can be propagated both by seed and cuttings. Collect the seed in the fall after it has ripened on the plant and store the seed in a sealed container at about 60 degrees F for 5 months, then sow it in a cold frame or greenhouse. Hardwood cuttings can be taken in the fall from firm stems of the current season's growth. Cuttings shoud be about 4-12" long and have at least one bud near the top. Choose a sheltered location and make a trench in the soil with vertical sides. Plant the cuttings a few inches apart so that at least 3/4 of their length is under the soil. Firmly replace the soil around the cuttings. Callusing generally begins soon after planting, and the root system develops in the spring. I hope your efforts are rewarded!

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