Organic Franklin Cranberry Seeds - 30 Seeds - A Very Strong Resilient Grower
Organic Franklin Cranberry Seeds - 30 Seeds - A Very Strong Resilient Grower

Organic Franklin Cranberry Seeds - 30 Seeds - A Very Strong Resilient Grower

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Organic Franklin Cranberries
Ben Franklin Cranberry, Founder Cranberry, Founderberry, Patriotberry

Description: A natural cross between the Early Black and Howes Cranberry plants, producing a very strong, resilient grower that is a reliable producer year after year. The plants are smaller than other while producing a higher than normal number of berries by weight. Great for containers, smaller plots, or garden, as well as locations that have marginal or lower soil conditions.
Fruit Size: Medium to large
Fruit Color: Bright Red to Deep Red
Characteristics: Strong growth in poorer soils and limited sunlight, compacted soil, and limited growing areas do not seem to affect this cranberry plant as others.
Foliage: Small leaves, very sparse.
Foliage Color: Light Green to Medium Green
Form: Most (Almost 96%) of cranberry plants are considered dwarf trailing vine shrub varieties. Their form low, irregular, and spreading.
Height: All cranberry plants will grow to a maximum height of 6 to 20 inches
Spread: As a vining plant, cranberries will spread up to 8 feet in diameter naturally.
Spacing: Plant cranberries spaced 3 to 6 feet apart for proper growth and maximum production.
USDA Zones: 2a to 7b – Best in 2b to 6b)
Sun: Full sun
Water: Cranberries are a water loving plant, they need at least an inch of water a week to maintain their health and productiveness
Flower Color: Flowers are Bright White to lightly dappled Pink
Soil: Cranberries will grow in almost all soil types; sandy, clayey, rock and boulder inclusive; however, the soil must be well draining to ensure proper growth and fruit production.
Soil pH: 4.0 to 5.5. Cranberries prefer a soil that is acidic. The addition of Sphagnum to soil will help acidify soil without the need of chemicals.
Site Preparation: Prepare soil by loosening and aerating soil, amend as needed to adjust soil acidity. Stone and rock does not need to be removed. Add compost as needed to add nutrients to growing location.
Planting Depth: Sow to a depth of 0.25 to 0.5 inches.
Harvesting: Cranberries are harvested in the fall when the fruit takes on its distinctive deep red color. As a rule of thumb, berries that are exposed to sunlight, will develop a deeper coloration than those that are not, the ones that are not exposed to sunlight will remain in a ‘blanched’ state or color. On a larger scale, bogs are flooded to harvest cranberries. However, for the home grower, simple hand-harvesting is simple enough to do that flooding is not a needed means of harvest.
Other Information: Native Americans (Amerind) used cranberries as a staple as early as 1550. They ate cranberries fresh, ground, or mashed with cornmeal and baked into bread. They also mixed cranberries with wild game and melted fat to form pemmican, a survival ration for the winter months. Maple sugar or honey was used to sweeten the berry’s tangy flavor. The historic uses of cranberries are extensive. American whalers and mariners carried cranberries on board to prevent scurvy. Native Americans (Amerind) brewed cranberry poultices to draw poison from arrow wounds, used cranberry in tea to calm nerves, as well as using the juice as a dye for fabrics.

Materials: Organic Franklin Cranberry Seeds