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Cranberry - plant, maintain & cut back

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The cranberry is a refreshing fruit and a medicinal berry at the same time. That is why it is so popular with hobby gardeners. We explain cultivation and care on this page.

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Cranberry - the name of this fruit really catches your eye when you buy granola bars. This term is the large-fruity cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon). The main growing area is in eastern North America, specifically in New England, but cranberry is not only used in the food industry, the fruit is also valued as a remedy for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.

Hobby gardeners have long liked the cranberry because the fruit with its sweet and sour taste is used in a variety of ways in the kitchen.

Portrait of the cranberry

The cranberry is an evergreen, perennial dwarf shrub. It belongs to the blueberry genus and to the heather family. Its pink flowers unfold in June. They move in the wind like the head of a crane. Therefore the plant name "crane berry" was derived, in German "crane berry".

The hardy dwarf shrub grows to a height of 20 centimeters. It covers the ground with many creeping shoots up to 1 meter long. Allow 6 plants for planting a square meter of soil.

Red, sweet and sour berries develop from the flowers and are ready for harvest from September. Similar to cranberries, you can process the delicate fruits in yogurt or curd cheese, as desserts or as a cake topping, in mixed drinks and in salads. But the berries can also be used as compote, jam or fruity sauce.

How to create the best conditions for the cranberry

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Location:

For the cranberry, choose a sunny place if possible. The small-sized berry bush also thrives in the light shade.

Ground:

The cranberry needs a moist, humus-rich soil. The crop feels most comfortable on a bog bed. It would be ideal if you worked vigorously fine-grained bark mulch or rhododendron earth into the garden soil before planting.

Watering and fertilizing:

  1. Since the plant is a shallow root, you should keep the location of your cranberry moist at all times. A mulch layer of bark mulch is highly recommended, as it keeps the moisture in the soil.
  2. Secure a rich cranberry crop by filling up the nutrient depot for your dwarf shrubs with a blueberry fertilizer in the spring.

Rear section:

Only if you want to shorten long shoots do you use pruning shears after harvesting. Otherwise a cut back is not necessary

Summary:

The cranberry or cranberry is a dwarf shrub with a height of 20 centimeters. Their vitamin-rich fruits are used in the baked goods industry, in the domestic kitchen and in natural medicine. It prefers a sunny site with moist humus-rich soil. The soil must be kept moist at all times. For a rich berry harvest, the nutritional needs for the plants are covered with blueberry fertilizer.

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