Ben Lear



A highly productive, burgundy red cranberry! Ben Lear ripens in late September and has strong and vigorous growth throughout the summer. One of the most popular cranberry varieties in the United States.

PRE-ORDER for 2020 spring delivery. We ship fruit transplants after your garden zones last frost date. See shipping schedule below. This item that does not qualify for free shipping.

Learning Download: How to Grow Cranberries

Cranberries are an easy-to-grow fruit packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Cranberries grow on low, perennial wooden vines that produce runners ranging in 1 to 6 feet long. Leaves will be glossy and green during the growth season, but they will turn red-brown during the harvesting season.

Before Planting: Since cranberries need cold weather to trigger their dormant phase, they need to be grown in areas that reach 32 to 45 degrees for three months at a time.

Planting: Cranberries should be planted outside after the last major frost in the spring. Wet the bed, and then plant the seedlings. Space 1-year cuttings a foot apart, but older seedlings should be spaced 3 feet apart.

Watering: Constantly water the cranberry bed in its first year of growth.

Fertilizer: After planting, fertilize the seedlings every three weeks with a slow-release fertilizer. Follow this fertilization with a well-balanced liquid fertilizer.

Days to Maturity: Cranberry plants will begin to produce fruit once they reach 3 years of age. Cranberries should be harvested before the first frost in the fall. (See variety for days to maturity)

Harvesting: To harvest, pick the berries by hand. They are ripe when their color is a deep red. The seed inside the berry should be brown.

Tips: Weed the bed by hand, as cranberries don’t compete well against unwanted weeds. However, the peat moss will help deter common weeds.

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When We Ship:
Fruit plants ship April thru June. We are unable to ship earlier than April. Fruit plants will be out of stock from July thru October. Pre-orders will begin in November. Any orders made November thru March will ship when appropriate the coming season. We aim to ship a week after your last frost. Any orders made after your areas appropriate shipping time but before end of June will be shipped out immediately!

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