Ben Lear, Cranberry Plant

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Key Attributes

Sun: Full Sun
Days To Maturity (# Days)
Days To Maturity (# Days): 365
Botanical Name
Botanical Name: Vaccinium Macrocarpon

Ben Lear, Cranberry Plant

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.
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Key Attributes

Sun: Full Sun
Days To Maturity (# Days)
Days To Maturity (# Days): 365
Botanical Name
Botanical Name: Vaccinium Macrocarpon

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Botanical Name

Vaccinium Macrocarpon

Sow Depth





Full Sun

Root Age

1 Year Plant

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Days To Maturity (# Days)



Growing Instructions

    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.

Shipping Schedule

Cranberry plants will ship at the appropriate time for your planting zone. The chart below estimates when your cranberry plants will arrive. You will receive an email notifying you when your strawberry roots ship giving you a few days to prepare for planting.

This item’s size, weight, or shape may require an additional shipping surcharge based on the shipping location selected. Specific charges will be displayed during checkout. We are unable to take specific shipping dates at this time.

*This product is perishable and does not ship outside the United States.

Cranberry Plant Spring Shipping Schedule
8,9,10 Mid-March
6,7 Mid-April
3,4,5 Mid-May



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