Cranberry Hibernica Information
Growing Cranberry Hibiscus Plants From Seed
The first thing you need to do when it comes to growing cranberries is to buy some plants. You can purchase them online or at your local nursery. If you want to grow cranberries yourself, then there are many different varieties available. Some of these varieties have been bred over time so they produce larger berries than others. They all have their advantages and disadvantages.
There are two main types of cranberry plants: native and non-native. Native plants are those which originated in North America, while non-natives are those introduced into the state of Florida. There are several reasons why certain species were brought here versus other areas where they may not have been found before. For example, the cranberry berry was thought to be poisonous until it was discovered that it did not contain any poison at all. Other species like the wild strawberry and black raspberry were brought here because they were thought to be edible.
However, no one ever ate either of these fruits before they were introduced.
Native plants are usually smaller than non-natives and require less space to grow. These plants will also generally produce fruit much sooner than non-natives. They are usually able to thrive in the soil and climate of Florida, but some native plants will need to be watered a little more often than non-natives. Native plants usually grow in clusters rather than a single stem.
Non-native plants are usually larger than natives and usually produce larger berries as well. These species can also grow up to eight feet tall, while native plants only grow up to four feet tall on average (although some have been known to grow up to eight feet). These plants can produce berries in just one year, while natives will take at least two years to produce berries.
Now that you have chosen the type of cranberry plant you wish to grow, you need to prepare the soil and take care of the plants before you can actually harvest any berries.
Preparing Your Cranberry Soil
The first thing you need to do is to choose a spot outside that gets full sun all day long. Cranberries cannot survive in shady areas like under trees or near fences.
Once you have found the perfect spot, the next thing you need to do is clear away any weeds from the area. Next, use a spade to dig up the soil about eight inches deep and remove all of the grass and roots.
Now you need to let your soil settle for about a week so that it can dry out. You will notice that the soil will change from a dark color to a yellowish-brown color.
After this week, you can begin to add your fertilizer to the soil. Use 1/4 cup of 10-10-10 fertilizer and mix it into the soil. This should be enough fertilizer for about ten square feet of soil.
After you have mixed in the fertilizer, it is time to plant the cranberry plants. You will need to water the plants before you plant them so that the soil is nice and soft.
The first thing you should do is place your four-foot stick into the ground so that it forms a T (or cross). The bottom of the T should be placed at the edge of where you dug up the soil. You can use this stick to measure where to place your plants in the rows.
To place your plants you will first need to wet the soil where you plan to place the plant. Next, take a cranberry plant out of its container and gently pull off all of the burlap material that is around the root ball. Gently ease the root ball out of the container and place it into the hole that is in the ground. The burlap material that was around the root ball will stay in the hole and act as a net to prevent the cranberry from spreading.
Once you have placed all of your plants in the rows, gently fill in the holes with soil and water well. The next step is to place wooden boards (which have been covered with plastic) over the rows to keep them protected from the elements.
You need to water the plants everyday and keep the weeds from growing around the bases of the rows. The plastic should stay on the rows for about two months and then can be removed after that time.
Cranberries grow over a period of two years, and it takes about one year for the first berries to develop. It is during this first year that you will need to prune out any dead or weak vines. You should also keep an eye on the vines to make sure that other plants are not growing around them (this could prevent sunlight from reaching the vines).
Once it is time to harvest your berries you will need to wear protective gear (such as gloves) and then pick the berries off the vines. It is a good idea to pick berries every other day so that the plant doesn’t have a chance to send out new shoots with more berries. Most cranberry growers cut the vines off at the surface of the soil to keep the vine from putting its energy into any new berries.
A mature cranberry plant can produce between two to three pounds of berries per every four to five years. A newly planted row will take about three years before it starts producing.
The berries need to be processed within 24 hours of being picked, so you will need an area (such as a basement) where you can wash and sort them. You should wear protective clothing (such as denim jeans and rubber gloves) when doing this part of the process.
You can also freeze your berries or make them into sauce.
Cranberries are a tart fruit that many people enjoy. Cranberry sauce is commonly served with Thanksgiving dinners in the United States. Many people also enjoy eating raw cranberries or drinking cranberry juice.
Cranberries (like many other crops) are prone to disease and pests. One disease that affects them is called “frost damage.” To combat this problem, some cranberry growers have placed their plants in greenhouses or use row covers to protect the plants from frost. Other growers have used chemicals to keep down the amount of weeds (and pests) around their crops.
Cranberries are not grown only in Massachusetts. They are also grown in other states such as Wisconsin, New Jersey, and Oregon.
To find more information about cranberries or to learn how to grow them yourself, check your local phone book for the numbers of your local county extension office (which is a part of the United States Department of Agriculture). To find the phone number, look in the blue government pages of your phone book (usually after the letter “A”) under “United States Government.”
Another good resource would be your local public library. Look in the “Business” or “Agriculture” sections for books on growing cranberries.
You might be able to find cranberry products at your local food co-op or health food store. If there isn’t one in your area the closest one might be in a larger nearby town.
Although most people enjoy eating and drinking cranberries, there are some people who are allergic to them. This can cause swelling of the lips and tongue, and in some extreme cases, anaphylactic shock. If any of these symptoms occur, seek medical attention immediately.