Vaccinium vitis idaea
Find our Lingonberries here!
These fantastic edible evergreen ground-covers produce delicious cranberry-like berries great for sauces, jellies and cooking. Beloved by Scandinavians, lingonberries are very attractive, easy to grow plants with bright red fruits the size of a small blueberry.
Pollination: Self-fertile. Select two varieties for better pollination.
Size and plant spacing: The full size lingonberry grows to 12-18" tall and should be spaced one to two feet apart to form a ground cover.
Harvest time: Late fall.
Hardiness: Lingonberries can withstand arctic temperatures. In very severe climates they can be covered with peat or sawdust in the winter. USDA Zones 3-8.
Sun or shade: Will do well in semi-shade, can take full sun in cool summer areas.
Years to first fruit: 2 years
Yield: 1/2 to 1 pound per plant.
How to Grow
Soil requirements: Acid soil, pH below 5.8. Needs good drainage.
Cultural requirements: Plant in soil well mixed with peat. Mulch with 3 to 4 inches of sawdust. Don’t over water. Do not cultivate around the plants as the roots are just below the surface. Use fertilizer sparingly.
How to Use
In the landscape: An excellent evergreen ground cover with small dark green glossy leaves. The new growth in spring is tinged with red and orange. It eventually forms a dense mat, choking out weeds. Lingonberries can be used effectively spotted throughout a rock garden.
In the kitchen: Used for preserves, sauce, syrup, pickles, jelly and wine. We pick the tart red berries at Thanksgiving and use them in place of cranberries.