The cranberry bush is an evergreen trailing hardy shrub.
A peaty, sandyis the best soil in which to grow the cranberry bush, but any well-drained soil will do. As plenty of moisture is required, fork in ample when preparing the bed. Old rotted or damp sedge peat may be used at 2 bucketfuls per sq. yd. The bushes do well in a moist situation, near a pool or stream.
Plant at any time between the end of September and the beginning of March. Buy 2-year-old shrubs and put them in 2 ft. square. Every fifth or sixth year split the plants up into two or three pieces during October or November and replant in properly prepared beds.
During a dry summer, flood the beds from time to time. Mulch in early June with well-soaked sedge peat.
RECOMMENDED VARIETIES :
American Cranberry, September. Bears pink flowers on creeping growths. Berries are pinkish-red.
Common Cranberry, autumn. Pink flowers followed by globular red berries.