Bilberry, Whortleberry, Whiniberry, Huckleberry
Vaccinium myrtillus is a deciduous Shrub growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.3 m (1ft). It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from Apr to June, and the seeds ripen from Jul to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, flies, lepidoptera, self.The plant is self-fertile. It is noted for attracting wildlife. Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid soils and can grow in very acid soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.Berries are astringent and antibacterial. Tea of the leaf is reputed to lower blood glucose levels and be useful in the treatment of diabetes. Produces a strong purple dye.
Seeds per packet: 100
Temperature: Sow at 64-71F for 2-4 wks, move to 24-39F for 4-6 wks, move to 41-53F for germination.
Average Germ Time: 8 – 12 weeks.
Light Required: Yes Depth: 1/8 – 1/4 inch maximum.
Sowing Rate: 2 – 3 seeds per plant.
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination Plant Spacing: 48 – 72 inches