Cranberry - Vaccinium

How do I care for my Vaccinium?
This plant variety is also known as the Red Cranberry. It is very easy to care for and needs little pruning. You can apply organic fertilizer when there is no natural humus in the soil. Also remember to give it extra water in dry periods.

What is the best location for a Cranberry?
This Vaccinium is a forest plant that is commonly used as a groundcover. It is best to plant it in humus rich, acid, damp soils. When this shrub is planted in the correct location, it is minimally susceptible to diseases. 

Can I prune the Cranberry?
You can give it a light trim every year, but heavy pruning is not necessary. By pruning it back thoroughly every four years, you will stimulate its growth and fruit production.

Where does this shrub come from?
The Cranberry grows naturally in the Netherlands, but is originally from North America. 

When does it produce berries?
This shrub flowers in June and July by producing light-violet to pink flowers, in hanging bunches. The cranberries then develop and are ready to be picked at around the end of August. Make sure the birds don’t beat you to it! Cranberries are known for their medicinal qualities and high vitamin C-content. They taste sour. 

Is the Cranberry suitable as cut flower?
The Cranberry is not a suitable cut flower. You can pick its fruits in bunches. Pruning back complete branches will negatively affect its berry yields.
  • Winter hardiness:
    Good

  • Soil type:
    Humus rich, acid

  • Moisture levels:
    Damp

  • Location:
    Sun/semi-shade

  • Height:
    To 40 cm

  • Evergreen or deciduous:
    Evergreen

  • Pruning:
    In the spring, give it a light trim

  • Fertilizing:
    Is not necessary. Definitly avoid calcuim rich fertilizer

  • Flower:
    White/pink flowers

  • Fruit:
    Large red berries with medicinal qualities and a sour taste

  • Flowering period:
    June-July

  • Harvest:
    End of August

  • Trivia:
    Birds also love the berries. Beat them to it or use a net to cover the shrub for instance.

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