Cowberry 'Red Pearl' - Shrub

Vaccinium vitis-idaea 'Red Pearl'
Cowberry 'Red Pearl'

Lingonberry makes lovely evergreen ground cover!

The cowberry is also known as the partridgeberry or mountain cranberry. It thrives in moist acidic, well-draining soil. They grow as dwarf bushes with a creeping rhizome making the Vaccinium vitis-idaea ‘Red Pearl’ a great ground cover.
This evergreen shrub has small glossy green leathery leaves. The berries are healthy, aromatic and slightly acidic but really quite tasty. Birds are not crazy about them so they will stay on the plant deep into the winter.
The pretty white flowers in the spring, together with the later fruit makes this shrub decidedly decorative for most of the year. This evergreen cowberry 'Red Pearl' (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) will also thrive in a large planter on the patio or decking.
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Harvesting Details
  • Planting
  • Prepare a wide planting hole for the Vaccinium vitis-idaea ‘Red Pearl’ and loosen the soil with a fork. The cowberry bush prefers acidic soil, so your can improve your soil with a leaf or pine bark mulch or compost. Make sure the cowberry root ball is soaked well - place the bush in a bucket of luke-warm water prior to planting. Plant at the correct depth - the top of the root ball should be just slightly below ground level. Refill the hole with soil and press firmly down. Water immediately after planting. Planting distance is 25 cm. Plant the bushes in a sunny or part shady spot. The soil should be moisture free with good drainage.
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  • Care
  • Fertilise the cowberry in the spring with a fertilizer that doesn’t contain calcium (potash for example) and a mulch of garden compost. Shade is well tolerated. Water well during dry periods. The berries can be picked when they are a bright red and feel slightly soft to the touch. The first berries are ripe in July and the last of your cowberries can be picked in September/October. Cowberry bushes rarely need pruning. They become quite large after about 5 years and the bush can be rejuvenated by cutting back to a maximum of 30 cm in height.
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  • Specifics
  • Cowberries taste aromatic and slightly acidic. Pick the ripe cowberries very carefully, without damaging any of the existing flowers. These berries are extremely suitable for making fruit puree and are particularly delicious with dishes such as game, poultry and cheese. The berries also make lovely jam and juices.
    Vaccinium belongs to the family of Ericaceae (heather types). The genus Vaccinium has two meanings: 1) an old name for the blueberry and 2) from vacca (L. = cow) and baccinium/bacca (L. = berries) so, cow berries, or a kind of berry that cows love to eat. The variety name vitis-idaea is derived from vitis (vine) and idaea (Ida being a Cretan mountain range) – so it is the vine of Mount Ida.
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  • Extra information
  • Latin name Vaccinium vitis-idaea 'Red Pearl'
    Delivery type Supplied as container plant
    Guarantee 5 years guarantee
    Color Green, Red
    Light preference full sun ,  partial sun
    Flowering period May - August
    Harvesting period July - October
    Growing height25 - 40 cm
    Planting distance40 - 50 cm
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