The American cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) offers terrific potential for the home gardener. Contrary to popular belief, cranberries do not require a bog or wetland for successful culture. They are easy to grow in most upland soils. Plant as you would blueberries with moderate additions of acidic organic matter or sand to lighten heavy soils. Plant 2 feet apart for a solid ground cover or use in hanging baskets and planters for a delicate cascading effect. Plant in full sun or partial shade in areas with hot summers. Protect from spring frosts to preserve consistent yields.