Organic Wild Madison Cranberry Seeds - 30 Seeds - Simple To Grow, Very Forgiving, Tolerant To Many Soils

Organic Wild Madison Cranberry Seeds - 30 Seeds - Simple To Grow, Very Forgiving, Tolerant To Many Soils

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Organic Wild Madison Cranberries
Madison Cranberry, Hillcock Cranberry

Description: An ancient favorite from New Jersey that have been around since before Europeans arrived in the ‘New Country’. Used by the local indigenous population for a food staple to textile dying, it has been in constant and productive use since before records were kept. Simple to grow, very forgiving, and tolerant of many soils – It is the plant that many new growers of Cranberries prefer to start with for its simplicity and ease of growth. Producing medium sized Red berries that are sweeter than tart; the berry works well for juicing, cooking, drying, and eating raw.
Fruit Size: Medium sized.
Fruit Color: Red
Characteristics: Hardy, tolerant of growing conditions and grower inexperience.
Foliage: Small, almost insignificant.
Foliage Color: 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 Wild Madison Cranberry Seeds