(Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.) is a woody, evergreen shrub, native to north-temperate regions in Eurasia and North America. It requires leached soils, with a low base saturation, low lime content, a low level of available nutrients, with at-least a 2% organic matter content. Most of these soils have a pH of 4.5 to 5.0 Peat, leaf mulch and pine bark mulch are good mulch materials for lingonberries. These berries require very little, if any, fertilizer but may respond to magnesium if the soil test is low. They require water in the amount of 1" per week during the growing season. During a dry period, water needs to be applied by drip or overhead irrigation. These plants have the same requirements as blueberries and grow where blueberries grow well.
The leaves of lingonberry are bright green the year around. It blooms with white flowers in May and again in late July and August. The fruit ripens in 2 crops: July and August, and then in September and October. The fruit is bright red with a slight acid flavor which cooks up into a very tasty sauce. An 8 oz. jar of lingonberry sauce produced in Europe usually sells for $6.00 or more in the USA. Full sunlight produces the heaviest crops while partial shade increases the number of shoots. Lingonberry grows very much like the lowbush blueberry in that it grows only 6-8" high and spreads by rhizomes to form a mat. It has been used as a landscape plant in Europe for many years. It is attractive all year long as a green border of ground cover. Spacing for Lingonberries is 18" apart.
A productive, spreading plant that reaches approximately 12-18" in height. Berries are medium to large. Shows good resistance to Phytopthora Root Rot.
A spreading plant that reaches approximately 8-15" in height. Berries are medium to large with good resistance to Phytopthora Root Rot.