Cranberry macrocarpon (Vaccinium macrocarpon) - Fruit shrub - Hardy plant

Vaccinium macrocarpon

Cranberry macrocarpon (Vaccinium macrocarpon) - Fruit shrub - Hardy plant

Vaccinium macrocarpon
Fresh cranberries
Did you know they were originally called ‘craneberries’? Cranberries! These vitamin-rich berries have a sweet, tart flavour. We grow these fresh cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) ourselves in a nursery pot in the garden. The fruit shrub can be planted in a pot on a (rooftop) patio or balcony. But in pots, these fruit bushes are more susceptible to frost. When the temperature drops, put bubble wrap around the pots.The fruit bush blossoms in the spring. It produces beautiful white-pink flowers that look like the beak of a crane. This is where the name 'Cranberry' comes from. A crop will be ready to harvest from summer onwards in the second year after planting. Cranberries love moist soil. It's best to give the tree extra water during dry spells. Sufficient light is needed to ensure good growth. For this reason, the fruit bush should be planted in full or half sun.
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Cranberry macrocarpon (Vaccinium macrocarpon) - Fruit shrub - Hardy plant
Cranberry macrocarpon (Vaccinium macrocarpon) - Fruit shrub - Hardy plant
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From the bottom of the nursery pot to the top of the plant.

Latin name: Vaccinium macrocarpon
Delivery type: Supplied as container plant
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Green,Red
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Green stayer: Yes
Leafs all year: Yes
Hardy plants: Yes
Self polinating: Yes
Edible: Yes
Naturalizing: No
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Harvesting: September - October
Flowering: June - July
Growing Height: 15 - 20 cm
Planting distance: 40 - 50 cm

Make sure the root ball of the Cranberry bush is well-moistened by soaking it in a bucket of lukewarm water before planting. Prepare a suitable hole in sandy, humus-rich soil, improve garden soil with compost and peat. Plant the Cranberry bush at the appropriate depth in the hole. The top of the root ball should be just slightly below ground level. Fill the hole with soil and press firmly. Water immediately after planting. Plant this bush in a sunny or partially sunny area. Spacing is approximately 10 cm.


Planting your Cranberry bush in the right spot is important for proper growth. Give it extra water during dry periods as the soil should not dry out. Provide it with a winter mulch of compost during the winter. Every four years, in early spring you can heavily prune the branches of the Cranberry bush, you will then have a more compact shrub that will give a higher yield of berries. From late September to October, the red berries will ripen, carefully pick the berries from the branches. Cranberries last well in the refrigerator. This evergreen ground cover grows best in acidic soil that is always moist. It is a great bush to add to the heather garden!


The shiny red cranberry contain several vitamins. Fresh berries are a little on the sour side for eating but are ideal for jam making or juices. Cranberry juice has a beneficial effect when used as a remedy for bladder problems. Vaccinium macrocarpon is originally from America.


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