General Growing and Propagation Information

for Growers interested in Rutgers Cranberry Varieties


Three of the ‘legacy’ Rutgers varieties {Crimson Queen®, Mullica Queen®, and Demoranville®} require different types of grower licenses, depending on grower and planted bed affiliation with Ocean Spray, Handlers, or others.  The licenses for Varieties Scarlet Knight®, Welker and Haines are independent of grower affiliation. Growers can have multiple licenses with Rutgers, depending on Variety and Beds planted. The following points relate ONLY to the 3 legacy Varieties mentioned.

    • Ocean Spray
    • Handlers
      Clement Pappas; Cliffstar/Mott; Decas Cranberry; Atoka Cranberry; Fruit D’Or
    • Unaffiliated growers
      Some Growers may have multiple license documents if they sell their fruit to different entities.
  • The License provides the terms and conditions regarding usage of the materials (planting density, propagation, ownership, etc.). 
  • For Ocean Spray or Handler Growers, the License Signature Page is one of the several pages in the Subscription Letter forms (along with Annual Reports and Payment Forms).
  • Rutgers will provide your license number to the appropriate authorized propagators from whom you purchase planting materials.  Propagators will not ship materials without a license number.
  • Contact information for the propagators and the materials can be found on our website or at propagator’s websites.
  • For the Legacy Varieties only, royalty rates paid to Rutgers depend on the Grower affiliation (with OSC, Handlers, etc.). Reasons for this include the fact that there are different costs involved for Rutgers with different growers, as well as the support and other services that may be provided to Rutgers by different groups.
  • Rutgers License Royalty rates are generally one-time fees, to be paid within 30 days of receipt of planting materials (or of the planting date for materials you propagate yourself).  The fees may depend on Grower affiliation, year of License, or varieties.
  • Contact the propagators early to reserve the materials and quantities you want.  Growers do NOT need a license number to reserve materials.
  • If a Grower purchases Unrooted Stolons from Integrity Propagation LLC, they must be rooted in an authorized (Licensed) greenhouse that follows Rutgers protocols, or in grower's own greenhouse prior to planting in beds. Rutgers can provide rooting guidelines, contact us.
  • The License agreement may specify mandatory planting density requirements for initial plantings and guidelines for later propagation. The requirements and guidelines were developed after in-depth discussions with the involved parties and industry experts, with the objective of providing Growers with productive, long-lasting, high-quality beds to maximize their investment.
  • Growers may be able to determine which varieties may be suitable for their location, climate, planting time, horticultural practices, or circumstances by consulting with their agronomists, other growers, Rutgers bulletins, etc.
  • High-resolution cranberry poster - printable to 3 feet high (4.67 MB PDF)


  • Propagation rights (for planting of new acreage via Mowings or Prunings) are allowed for all Rutgers varieties, but license rights and conditions may vary by variety or may change periodically.
  • Contacts for propagation questions, propagation licenses or agreements, etc.:
    • For CQ, MQ, DE, contact Rutgers University, or review the appropriate license agreement sections.
    • For Welker, Haines, and Scarlet Knight®, contact Integrity Propagation LLC, who manages these propagation licenses.
  • A Rutgers license is required in all circumstances in addition to any Integrity Propagation or other propagators licenses or contracts, regardless of whether beds are planted by Mowing (purchased, or from growers own Beds or purchased), Rooted or Unrooted Stolons, or any other means.