Enough only to think about this berry and saliva starts to flow. Currently, it's also one of the main products that are recommended to use in food in order to prevent the so called "diseases of civilization": various tumors and allergies caused by poor quality of food, as well as excessive use of drugs. Cran berries contain significant amounts of biologically active substances, called antioxidants, which helps to cleanse and rejuvenate the body, bind free radicals formed as a result of metabolism, remove harmful substances and heavy metals from the body.
It is better to grow macrocarpous cran berry in the garden. This plant is stronger than our wild growing species - Swamp cran berry. Macrocarpous cran berry quickly covers allotted area, its more resistant to weeds, bears fruit on upright shoots, making berries harvesting easier, its much more productive and not as acidic as the Swamp cran berry. Although tastes differ. Fans of European cran berry can grow it in their plots. To do this, select the most productive form in the swamp, cut the shanks from them, root them in pots, and then planted in the open ground.
Upright shoots are formed from axillary buds on the sprawling shoots, usually beginning from the second year of vegetation. Just these shoots are fruit-bearing. Vegetative axillary and apical mixed buds are located on them. The flowers are pink, correct and bisexual. Corolla is falling deeply four separated, with curved to the bottom of the flower petals. The number of flowers in the inflorescence of Macrocarpous cran berry ranges from 1 up to 9. Regardless of the development of flowers shoot itself continues to grow and to the middle of the summer a new apical bud is laid.
On good soil, reasonably free from weeds, on 1 m can be formed more than 4,300 upright shoots. In most cases on the 150 or more shoots appear fruit buds.
The leaves are formed both on upright shoots, and the creeping. Fallen leaves decompose, mineralize and become a substrate.
Cran berry fruit is juicy, two-celled, many-seeded berry.
You can grow cran berries on almost any plot but you need to create conditions close to natural. For planting, select a well lighted place, and preferably close to the water supply, otherwise harvest will be lower. You can allocate the lowest place to it, but not flooded with water. Although cran berry withstand flooding, permanent excess of moisture affects it negatively: the plants will start to hurt, and then die.
Different types of peat soil are suitable for planting of cran berries. The main requirement is the acid reaction of the environment should be between pH 3-5 units. If the soil in your yard does not match necessary for the successful growth of cran berries conditions, they can be created artificially. On the flooded area, on the surface of the soil around the perimeter of garden bed can be installed wooden frame of 15-20 cm and you can fill it with peat. Outside the frame can be preferably filled with sawdust. This will protect the planting of the cran berry from weeds and the root system from freezing in winter.
Cuttings of cultivated varieties can be used as planting material. They are planted for 2-3 units in one nest, recessed almost the entire length of the cutting. Only the upper part of the length of 1-1.5 cm left on the soil surface. You need to plant young plants to permanent place in the spring. Its enough 5 seedlings per 1 m (one plant in the center, 4 - on the edges). The thicker planted plants, the faster they will cover the area and form a layer of fruit-bearing shoots. Cran berries are planted in rows or in a checkerboard pattern. If the cran berries are planted by cuttings, then optimum planting scheme will be 10x10 cm.