Cranberry Vine Care – Learn How To Grow Cranberries At Home
The following are some tips to grow cranberries at home:
1) Choose a location with good drainage.
You need to have enough space around your vine so it doesn’t get waterlogged. If you don’t, the vines will not produce fruit and they won’t survive long. Watering them too much could cause them to rot or even die off completely!
2) Do not use pesticides.
They may harm the vines and kill them before they reach maturity.
3) Mulch your vines well around their base to keep soil from drying out.
Make sure there is no weed growth near the base of the vine either. Use mulch around the sides of your vine as well if possible because it helps retain moisture better when it rains during winter months.
4) Avoid using chemicals to control pests such as aphids, scale insects, spider mites, thrips etc.
These types of chemicals can damage the vines and kill them before they reach maturity.
5) Use composted wood chips in place of sawdust.
Composted wood chips work best because they hold moisture better than sawdust does. They also provide a nice texture to the soil which keeps it from being sandy or hard like concrete would be.
6) You can buy a powderized organic product online or at your local nursery to treat fungal diseases such as black rot and gray mold.
7) Do not plant next to wild cranberry vines.
This is because they can infect your vines with their seeds and spread disease.
The following are some tips to grow cranberries in containers:
1) Get a container that has multiple drainage holes in the bottom.
Also, make sure it has a saucer to catch water that drains out of the holes.
2) Do not use a terracotta container because the porous qualities will cause the soil to dry out too quickly.
You can also use a plastic container but you will need to make sure you have enough time to take proper care of your plants because they dry out faster than other materials do.
3) The best type of container is a plastic or a wooden one.
They help retain moisture and keep the soil from drying out too quickly. Choose the largest container that you can afford because smaller ones may dry out before the plant matures.
4) Make sure you choose a potting mix that drains well and has plenty of organic matter.
This will ensure that your plants get enough nutrients and it won’t cause water logged roots.
5) You will need to re-pot your plant when it outgrows its container.
Wait until spring to do this because it takes time and care to do it right.
6) You will need to harden off your new cranberry vines before you plant them outside.
This involves placing them outside in a sheltered area for an extended amount of time each day until they are able to tolerate the weather conditions outside.
7) When you plant outside, plant your vines at least 15 feet apart.
The more space you can give them the better because they will have a tendency to spread out.
8) Be sure to water your plants well before and after planting them.
9) Since cranberries grow in water, they will need to be staked so they don’t fall over when fruiting begins.
You can use nylon or plastic mesh to tie them up. You can also use metal, wood or other materials that are strong enough to support their weight.
10) Do not fertilize your plants until they are a couple of years old. This is because they need to establish themselves well before you begin giving them an abundance of nutrients. Overfeeding can kill your vines just as easily as not feeding them enough.
11) Do not over water your plants. This may cause root rot which leads to death.
12) Prune your vines in the fall after they’ve died back. Cut them back to a thick part of the vine so they can reconnect and grow more the following year.
Common Problems With Growing Cranberries
Your plants will need to be staked so keep this in mind when deciding where to put them. They also need a minimum of five hours of sunlight each day so choose a location that will accommodate this.
Your vines need a lot of attention the first couple of years so gardeners who aren’t used to having to give intense care to their plants may want to reconsider before taking on a project like this.
If you don’t live in an area that has cranberry bogs nearby then you will most likely have to buy your vines or seeds and these can be expensive. Shop around before buying so you can find the best prices.
Growing cranberries can be fun and very rewarding if you are a lover of them. There isn’t a lot of work involved but it does take some dedication and care. Make sure you follow the steps properly so you have a good yield when they start fruiting.
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