How to Grow Red & Juicy Cranberries
Cranberries are a common fruit that grows in the United States. They grow in wet and acidic soil, and their hard outer skin prevents pests from eating them.
It is possible to grow cranberries by planting them in water, using the right amount of fertilizer, and keeping the soil moist.
In cooler climates, growers can cover their plants with straw to help protect them from frost.
How do cranberries grow
How do cranberries grow? They start off as berries that are added to the soil and grow to become a dormant plant in a short amount of time.
The berries wither away and only come back as vines once the soil is moist enough for them to spread. The vines will produce berries, which will start the cycle all over again.
How to grow cranberries from seed
Prepare your chosen planting area so that it will have plenty of moisture and nutrients throughout the season. Dig out six or deep beds, 3 feet apart, and make sure they are at least four inches below ground level. The beds should be 12-24 inches deep, depending on how much space you have available for your vines
Place three or four seeds into each bed making sure you cover as much ground as possible so that your plants will get as much sunlight as possible.
Water the seeds regularly to keep them moist during germination. After about six weeks when the plants have started to grow, water them every other day or so.
How long does it take to grow cranberries?
Growing cranberries is a long process that takes about 10-12 months. It starts from planting the seeds to picking the berries. Cranberry season is between October and April so if you have just started growing them, you can expect to get your first crop by March of next year. The whole process requires attention and care during each stage of the growing process.
How do you harvest cranberries
There are many ways to tell if cranberries are ready to harvest. Here are a few ways to figure out when it is best for you to start harvesting cranberries.
If the berries have changed color from green, yellow, or orange, they are probably too ripe and should be picked soon. If the berries are still a light shade of red, then it is likely that they will ripen more in the next few days.
Harvesting cranberries too early can lead to fruit flies and mold problems. It can also change the flavor of the fruit and make it less enjoyable for consumers. If you harvest too late then you lose out on profits because you will not be able to sell them before their expiration date in stores (which is usually around September).