Lingonberry plants need at least two but up to three years to begin producing. The berries look and taste alot like cranberries but are a tad smaller.
The blooms are attractive bell-shaped pinkish white little flowers about 1/3 of an inch long. The berries are red and range form slightly less than 1/4 inch across to just shy of 1/2 inch across.
Requirements, Care and Cultivation of Lingonberry Bushes
Lingonberry plants thrive in acidic soils. Optimal Soil pH is 4.5 to 5.5. A pH above 5.8 is potentially deadly to the lingonberry.
They produce best in a light partial shade, but will work well in full sun also.
Minimal fertilizer is needed, a light application of an acidic fertilizer once annually in the spring is all you should need.Excessive nitrogen produces excessive fall growth and early winter die back. The end result being a reduced crop in the following season.
Lingonberry Plants require magnesium, not tremendously high levels but simply some magnesium. In soils with a low Ph, magnesium solubility decreases and it becomes unavailable to the plant.
They should be spaced a foot to a foot and a half apart, if growing in rows, they should be 4 to 5 feet apart.
They can also be grown quite effectively as a ground cover or as borders around compatible acid loving plants such as blueberries, ornamental s such as rhododendrons and herbs such as parsley.
Lingonberry plants are self fertilizing, however two different varieties is best, they have proven to be much more productive when cross-pollinated.
Varieties of Lingonberry
Balsgard, Large berries. Higher yielding. Late Season harvest.
Ida, high-yielding Unusually large berries. Sometimes produces two harvests annually.
Koralle, moderate yield. Medium to large Berries. Tangy flavor.
Red Pearl, another good pollinizer. Can become invasive after a few years.Small berries.
Regal, low-yielding plant more suitable as an ornamental
Sussi, good pollinizer, moderate yield, small to medium berries.