Cranberry plant grow and care – subshrub of the genus Vaccinium also known as Cranberries or Oxycoccus, Cranberry plant perennial evergreen plant also used for the edible fruits but also used as ornamental plant as ground cover, grow in temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 2-8 and with the right care in hardiness zone 9.
Leaves color green mostly dark in the winter the leaves can become red.
Flower color can be: white pink or purple, flower has reflexed petals the stamen expose and facing down the petals go up.
Cranberry plant edible fruits
Fruit color red and has sour taste, the fruit size can be 0.3-2 cm.
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How to grow Cranberry plant growing and care:
Acid soil, iron, chilling hours, mulch (better pine mulch), rich soil, moist soil
How to care:
Fertilizer at least once a year spring, put pine mulch, prune once a year
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed (Care explanation bellow) / Vegetative Reproduction by cutting
How to propagate by cutting:
Propagating by cutting require high humidity, moist soil, better sterile water, peat soil (acidic soil), temperature need to be above 10-25C (50-77F), might take at least two month and if started in the autumn it will takes until the spring, need to take
Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
Yes, ensure the cultivar, the quality of the fruit: size, taste more sweet or sour and quantity
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Some virus attack a lot of verity
Planting season – when to plant:
Winter, spring and in hardiness zone 2-8 possible in the summer
How to plant:
When start in bare root important to cut part of the roots and the plant, put organic matter, humus, dead leaves and mix it with the soil (acid soil), when planting need to increase the amount of water
Pests and diseases:
End of the autumn to beginning of the winter, but if there isn’t a lot of fruits better after the fruits season
How to prune:
Prune the week branches and dead, crossing branch, in order to get bigger fruits better to reduce the buds in order to get bigger fruits, old stems, reduce the amount of branches and need to take care that all the fruits will get enough light
Size of the plant:
10-15 cm, 4-6 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade (outside of the temperate zone can grow in shade with light)
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a pots, planter, flowerpot, containers:
Yes, start with pot that will be 40-60% more than the root ball, every time that the plant arrive to full capacity need to switch to bigger until arrives to desirable size (but better to grow the plant in pot that will fit will bear more fruits) size of the pot can be 7-12L (1.8-3 gallons), switch the soil in mid of the winter, soil lose the viability over time and it’s efficient of care for the roots of the plant, drainage it’s important and need to make holes and to use peat soil and maybe some lava grit in the bottom or something like that, put a bottom for the container and when water the plant let it fill the bottom but also need to dry in the same day, it’s important to fertilize once a year, mulch of pine it’s important.
Spring / Summer
General information about the flower
Reflexed flower color can be: white pink or purple, flower has reflexed petals the stamen expose and facing down the petals go up
Pollination is done by:
Fruit harvest season:
Summer / Autumn
Fruits pests or diseases:
What can be done with big quantities of Cranberry plant fruits?
Eaten raw, jams, juice, beverage
Work requirements on the fruit:
How long does it take to bear fruit?
2-3 years from seeds, 1-2 years from cutting
How to grow Cranberry plant from seeds
High humidity, moist soil, full sun to half shade 10-20C (50-68F)
Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry and dark place better in refrigerator
End of the winter to spring
3*4cm (1.2*1.8 inches) when transplant it better to sow them in different pots it’s easier to follow in control and care for the seedling
Depth of Sowing:
Better not to cover just to put on the soil
Conditions for seeds germinate:
High humidity, moist soil, full sun, consider when grow in pots to cover with plastic wrap
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water
Condition of seedling:
Full sun, protect the seedling from pests, winds and heavy snow
Do the seeds require burying?
Chilling hour’s requirements:
Categories of growing
Planting Season: Spring Planting, Winter planting
Light exposure requirements: Full sun Plants, Part shade Plants, Shade Plants
Climates that the plant can grow: Temperate Climate
Growing speed of the plant: Average growing plants
Plant life-form: Evergreen, Perennial plant, Subshrub
Plant Uses: Colored leaves, Edible plants, Ground cover plants, Ornamental plants
Requirements for watering the plant: Big amount of water
Hardiness zones: Hardiness zone 2, Hardiness zone 3, Hardiness zone 4, Hardiness zone 5, Hardiness zone 6, Hardiness zone 7, Hardiness zone 8
Ornamental parts: Ornamental fruit, Ornamental leaves, Ornamental plant
Leaf color: Red leaves
Blooming season: Spring flowers, Summer flowers
Flower colors: Pink flower, Purple flower, White flower
Harvest Season: Autumn Harvest, Summer Harvest
Edible Parts: Edible Fruit
Culinary uses: Beverage, Cooked, Dried fruit, Eaten raw, Fruit, Ice pop & Ice cream plants, Jams, Juice