If you love cranberries, don't always buy them in a glass. Better grow the tasty berries yourself. After all, this is child's play.Cranberries need an acidic soil
If you love cranberries, you should consider bringing these tasty berries into the garden. They have a sour taste, which is why not everyone likes the raw fruits. Processed into jelly, jam and compote or placed in a cake, the small berries are a real explosion of the palate. So it's always worth growing cranberries in the garden yourself.
Interesting facts about cranberries
The cranberry belongs to the blueberry family and is evergreen. Since the shrubs only reach heights of 10 to 40 centimeters, they are ideal for planting tall trees. They produce small, bell-shaped flowers from May to June. Then the red, sour fruits form.
The fruits are usually not eaten raw, but cooked. They don't just convince with their taste. They are also very healthy because they are full of vitamins. They are also said to have a healing effect. Cranberries are said to lower cholesterol, have anti-inflammatory effects and protect against cancer.
How to properly plant cranberries
Cranberries are always planted in autumn. September or October are the best months for this. If you are afraid that the plants will not survive the winter, you can also put them in the ground in early spring when there is no longer a great risk of frost.
Cranberry plants like sunny to partially shaded places in the garden, which can show a moist and slightly acidic soil. The pH should be between 5 and 6. This is a basic requirement for successful cultivation. So you should test the pH of the soil beforehand. If it is too high, simply work some peat or peat soil into the soil.
Cranberry bushes can stand alone, but can also grow under rhododendrons, azaleas or blueberry bushes. It is best to line them up in the bed. Pay attention to a planting distance of approx. 40 centimeters. Each planting hole should be twice the size of the root ball. In addition, it is advisable to create a drainage made of gravel or potsherds to prevent waterlogging. Once you've planted the bushes, water them properly and you're done.
In the first two years, the cranberry bushes still bear no fruit. But from the third year onwards - twice. The first harvest is scheduled for June / July. As a rule, it turns out a bit smaller. The main harvest is then scheduled for September and October.
Caring for cranberry bushes properly
Cranberries don't really need a lot of water. However, the floor must never dry out completely. It is therefore advisable to mulch the cranberry bushes.
Remember to water the bushes even in the fall. Then, when other plants no longer need as much water, the cranberries still need it.
When it comes to fertilizing, you don't have to do a lot of work with cranberries. It is sufficient if you supply the shrubs with horn meal and compost once a year.
After flowering, it is advisable to straighten the cranberry bushes a little. So the sun can reach all parts of the shrub and ensure that the berries turn beautiful red. Otherwise no pruning is necessary for the cranberries.
In winter you don't have to be afraid that your cranberry bushes won't survive the cold temperatures. After all, they are hardy up to -20 degrees Celsius. If it really gets colder in winter, then simply protect the shrubs with some brushwood.