Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), 50 seeds in dried berries


Family:  Heath (Ericaceae)

Hardy to Zones 3 to 7

(Blaeberry, Whortleberry, Fraughan)  Short woody shrub growing in acidic and nutrient poor soils in northern Europe, Iceland, Finland, Poland, Ireland.  Among all the closely related anthocyanin containing berries (including blueberries and huckleberries), bilberries are considered most potent.  Traditional usage (TWM): promotes night vision, improves vascular health and treats macular degeneration.  To get the seeds, put the berries in a jar, pour water over them, let them sit over night, then in the morning pour through a sieve, smash the berries inside the sieve, then put the mashed berries in a jar of water and swirl.  Seeds will sink, non-seed debris will float and may be poured off. Sow in fall or very early spring in outdoor conditions, in pots or flats, and expect germination in the spring.  Alternatively, you may wish to obtain the seeds as above and then mix the seeds in moist medium in a sealed plastic bag or jar in the refrigerator (not the freezer) for 90 days, then remove from fridge and sow.  The best conditions for germination are cool, moist shade.  Sow seeds in acid loam medium. Grow out in a shaded place in pots for a year before transplanting to final location. Bilberries prefer to grow in acidic loam soil.

50  seeds in dried berries/pkt, certified organically grown


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