Lingonberry - 10 seeds

Lingonberry - 10 seeds


Mountain cranberry, a trailing shrub with affinities for cold temperatures and high elevations, is very rare in southern New England, but occurs throughout the northern latitudes of the world. The four lobes of the tubular corolla are slit nearly halfway up the flower and the petal tips are slightly reflexed, giving the pinkish-white flowers a bell-like appearance. The undersides of the leaves are dotted with black glands. Although the tart fruits of mountain cranberry are not often picked in North America, they are commercially cultivated in many other countries including Russia and Sweden.

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Choose a location in full sun with well-drained, very acidic soil with a pH of 4.2-5.2. If your pH is higher, add garden sulfur according to package directions starting in the fall. Do not change the pH of your soil more than ½ of a point each year. Lingonberries may also be grown in a raised bed to improve drainage.

Space plants 12-18 inches between plants and 4-5 feet between rows. Plants will fill in like strawberries.

Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12 inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.

The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.

Dig a hole at least 2 times the size of the root ball.

Set the plant in the hole so that the root ball is level with the surrounding soil, backfill and press the soil firmly into the hole cavity.

Water deeply. The water will seal off any air pockets around the root ball.

Use a stick or marker to indicate where the plant is planted.

Mulch with 4-6 inches of mulch to retain moisture and keep down the weeds.