Organic Pilgrim King Cranberry Seeds - 30 Seeds - Very Showy, Heavy-Bearing
Organic Pilgrim King Cranberry Seeds - 30 Seeds - Very Showy, Heavy-Bearing

Organic Pilgrim King Cranberry Seeds - 30 Seeds - Very Showy, Heavy-Bearing

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Organic Pilgrim King Cranberries
Massachusetts Cranberry, Bay Cranberry
Description: A very showy, heavy-bearing Cranberry that is prized by growers both for its very large berries as well as its blooms. A great Cranberry for growing in containers makes it a wonderful candidate for those with limited space. With a very high content of anthocyanin (The healthy pigment/color in Cranberries) make this one of the most desired Cranberries for urban growers, and those with limited space. Dense berry production on the plant makes this a winner for those that have limited space for growing.
Fruit Size: Very large uniform berries.
Fruit Color: Deep Red with hints of Purple
Characteristics: Dense berry production, adaptability to growing conditions, hardiness, high anthocyanin content, ease of growing and harvesting.
Foliage: Small leaves sparsely throughout the plant.
Foliage Color: Green to light Green with hints of Red at the end of the growing season.
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 Pilgrim King Cranberry Seeds