Cranberry cultivation


The lively plant derives its origin mainly from the European and American continents and is classified in the dense and varied family grouping of the Ericaceae. This evergreen shrub stands out for its glossy foliage, for the tenuous rosacea inflorescence and especially for the spherical and reddish fruits, usually used in the food and pharmaceutical industry. It will be generously and frequently watered for a large part of the year, with maximization of the work in spring and summer and limited reduction in cold and rigid periods. Ultimately, the soil where the cranberry is grown will have to be persistently damp and damp, nevertheless avoiding exaggeration. The excess of wetting, in fact,


The Cranberry will find easy accommodation in open and green areas, or it can be housed in containers to embellish any space of the house. It will need a land full of organic substances and above all characterized by moderate acidity, to be achieved also through the use of biological or chemical substances. The colorful shrub must be subjected to periodic and simplified pruning works, substantially consisting in the foreshortening and modeling of the ramifications and in the elimination of old and worn branches and of the inflorescences or of the now withered berries. Where placed in a container, the evergreen will be subjected to repotting operations in order to support its radical development, with the use of a larger and larger container.


Even if it is placed in a container, the shrub plant will not show marked needs to be fertilized, in order to obtain the essential nutrients. Fertilization will therefore be carried out with limited and measured frequencies, to be concentrated in the vegetative period. It will be advisable to use solid fertilizers, pelleted with delayed release and gradual over time, especially if they have an organic composition with a manure base. The fertilizer will be specific for acidophilic plants and contain a pronounced presence of nitrogenous and above all potassic components, to which useful microelements, such as iron, will join. Much in use for the evergreen in question are specific soils, which include within them suitable fertilizers, peaty elements and various organic substances.

Cranberry Cultivation: Exposure and Diseases

The ornamental perennial plant will adore a fairly lit and sunny habitat, with moderate direct exposure to solar radiation in the summer, but it will also adapt perfectly to partially shady environments. It will be able to tolerate fairly harsh climatic conditions, but must be adequately protected from sudden or exaggerated air flows, potentially very pernicious for the foliage and roots. Finally, this fascinating shrub will not rarely be attacked by larvae of moths or insects, such as midges. In the event, it will be necessary to use a specific insecticide quickly, in order to avoid serious damage to the precious berries. Furthermore, pitfalls arising from fungal diseases will also be possible, which will have to be eradicated through biological fungicides.

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