Once grown purely for decoration, cranberries have become of one of those commercially-grown fruits out there. And, contrary to popular belief, cranberries don’t only grow in bogs and swampy areas, they can be found almost anywhere in the wilderness, especially through USDA zones 2-7. But how to grow cranberries in pots…is that even possible? The answer is absolutely yes and we’ll show you how to grow cranberries in pots, care for them, and harvest them too!
How to Grow Cranberries in Pots – a DIY Gardening Guide
Cranberries are low growing, evergreen plants that are native to North America. They are found mainly throughout Canada and the United States, are require acidic soil.
Planting Cranberries in Pots:
- Be sure to have a large enough pot with good drainage holes. Cranberries don’t have deep roots, but they do require a wider pot such as a through style planter or a window box.
- Choose soil that is acidic, with a pH of 4.5-5.0
- In the wild, cranberry plants spread prolifically by runners. Their flowers and fruit will grow in upright canes once the plants are 3 years old, but the canes will dye off after a year, with new canes shooting up as they take root.
- Unfortunately, in a potted situation, this will not happen, so you will need to replant your cranberry plant every few years.
- Choose soil that is rich in organic material and peat moss.
- Test soil pH at least once a year in the spring.
- A slow release acidic fertilizer can be applied in the spring to adjust the pH.
- Soil should be consistently moist.
- Think about using self-watering containers as this would almost mimic a bog-like environment.
How to Harvest Cranberries:
- Cranberries are usually ready for harvest in the fall.
- You’ll know they’re ripe for picking because they’ll turn from green to red.
- This will usually happen from September to late November, depending on when original planting was done.
- To finish off the harvest, cranberries only need to be dried.
So now that you know how to grow cranberries in pots, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to planting!
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