GROWING YOUR OWN LINGONBERRIES

 

We are often asked if you can grow your own lingonberries as an edible landscape plant.  The answer is a definitive YES.  The lingonberry is a low growing evergreen shrub that expands through runners extending from the original plant.  It produces a lovely small flower in the spring and again in the summer, and, of course, the tart red berries we enjoy in the late summer and again in the fall.  The following are some thoughts on growing Lingonberries.  For more information click here.

Where do they grow:  Lingonberries grow wild in most northern parts of the globe.  In the United States we know they are grown in all the northern states and have reports of them being grown in Rocky Mountain states as well.

What do they like:  Lingonberries like acidic soil that is well drained and contains organic matter.   They will grow in filtered or full sun.  They grow well in the same conditions as blueberries. Plant them in the fall or early spring to provide an opportunity for root development before summer.

What do they dislike:  Lingonberries do not like to get their feet wet.  Clay soil  and/or boggy conditions are sure roads to failure.  In our experience we have also found that they do not like a lot of fertilizer or nurturance.  Many people have reported to us that plants growing near to beautifully landscaped and fertilized lawns tend to die.  What they don't realize is the fertilizer leaches into the surrounding area and may overdose the Lingonberries.

Where can you purchase plants:  Many nurseries will stock potted Lingonberry plants in the spring.  One source that provides nationwide shipping of Lingonberries is Raintree Nursery in Morton, Washington.  They specialize in the propagation of unique fruit trees and shrubs of which Lingonberries are one.  Their on-line and catalog sales offer a number of Lingonberry varieties.   Contact their web-site at www.raintreenursery.com

 

Good Growing

Terry & Dinah Faw