'Red Pearl’ Lingonberry - Fruit shrub

Vaccinium vitis-idaea 'Red Pearl'

'Red Pearl’ Lingonberry - Fruit shrub

Vaccinium vitis-idaea 'Red Pearl'
Decorative berries
Want your own home-grown, fragrant berries? Go for the ‘Red Pearl’ lingonberry in a nursery pot. These healthy berries have a mildly tart, refreshing taste. Birds are not big fans of these berries. This means that the berries can spend more time on the bush. Your garden will be extra decorative! The fruit shrub can be planted in a pot on the 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. revealing small, white flowers. A crop will be ready to harvest from summer onwards in the second year after planting. The lingonberry thrives in acidic, 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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Latin name: Vaccinium vitis-idaea 'Red Pearl'
Delivery type: Delivered as plant in nursery pot
Guarantee: 6 months growth and flowering guarantee
Color: Green,Red
Preferred location: Sun, Half shadow
Green stayer: No
Leafs all year: No
Hardy plants: Yes
Self polinating: No
Edible: Yes
Scented: Not Scented
Grafted: No
Cutting flowers: No
Flowering: May - August
Harvesting: July - October
Growing Height: 25 - 40 cm
Planting distance: 40 - 50 cm

Prepare a wide planting hole for the Vaccinium vitis-idaea ‘Red Pearl’ and loosen the soil with a fork. The cowberry bush prefers acidic soil, so your can improve your soil with a leaf or pine bark mulch or compost. Make sure the cowberry root ball is soaked well - place the bush in a bucket of luke-warm water prior to planting. Plant at the correct depth - the top of the root ball should be just slightly below ground level. Refill the hole with soil and press firmly down. Water immediately after planting. Planting distance is 25 cm. Plant the bushes in a sunny or part shady spot. The soil should be moisture free with good drainage.


Fertilise the cowberry in the spring with a fertilizer that doesn’t contain calcium (potash for example) and a mulch of garden compost. Shade is well tolerated. Water well during dry periods. The berries can be picked when they are a bright red and feel slightly soft to the touch. The first berries are ripe in July and the last of your cowberries can be picked in September/October. Cowberry bushes rarely need pruning. They become quite large after about 5 years and the bush can be rejuvenated by cutting back to a maximum of 30 cm in height.


Cowberries taste aromatic and slightly acidic. Pick the ripe cowberries very carefully, without damaging any of the existing flowers. These berries are extremely suitable for making fruit puree and are particularly delicious with dishes such as game, poultry and cheese. The berries also make lovely jam and juices.

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