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Cranberries, Juniper, Sloe, Goji and Black Chokeberry Growing Guide

Cranberries

Cranberries Growing Guide

Cranberries require a sunny sheltered position, a moist acid soil that does not dry out. In gardens that have alkaline soils cranberries can be grown in containers. An ericaceous potting compost must be used. The compost must not be allowed to dry out and rain water should be used in hard water areas.

The fruits are harvested when fully ripe and just starting to soften. Protect the ripening fruit from birds. No pruning is required other than to trim untidy stems which should be done in early spring.

Juniper Growing Guide

On receipt remove all outer packaging leaving the plant in the pot and water well. If you are not going to plant immediately keep plant moist. When planting remove from pot and place into a hole big enough to take the complete rootball.

Juniper requires a sunny spot in the garden. Juniper is drought tolerant when established and any well drained soil is suitable. At maturity the plant will reach a height of approx 2m with a spread of approx 1m. The round berries are slow to fully ripen, taking 2–3 years. When ripe the berries have a blue-black bloom and are useful for flavouring gin and game such as venison. The trees require no regular pruning. Lightly trim if required to maintain compact shape.

Sloe Growing Guide

Your sloe plants will be ready for planting straight away. Before planting the roots should be soaked for about 4 hours. For final planting a hole should be dug that is around 15cm (6”) wider than the spread roots of the plant and deep enough cover all roots. Plant 45–60cm (18”–24” apart).

Plant by placing into the hole spreading out roots. Fill in the hole and firm soil around base of plant. Water well. Until the plant is established, keep moist and weed free. Sloes prefer a sunny position. The fruits turn blue black in colour when ripe during September or October. Fruits gathered after the first frosts of autumn will have a sweeter flavour. Trim to maintain height.

Aronia Growing Guide

(Black Chokeberry)
On receipt remove all outer packaging leaving the plant in the pot and water well. If you are not going to plant immediately keep plant moist. When planting remove from pot and place into a hole big enough to take the complete rootball. Aronia requires a sunny spot in the garden.This fully hardy shrub will grow happily in most soils, except shallow chalk ones, that are moisture retentive and freely drained.

Aronia is a deciduous shrub producing colourful autumn foliage reaching a mature height of approx 2m . Harvest the fruit when fully ripe in late summer/autumn, although not suitable for eating raw they are excellent for flavouring sauces, toppings, juices and smoothies. Protect the ripening fruit from birds with netting.

Goji Berries Growing Guide

Goji Berries are resilient, easy to grow plants and can adapt to most garden conditions. For optimum flower and fruit production they are best suited to moist soils with moderate fertility and prefer a sunny position. For container growing use a loam based compost such as John Innes 2 or 3.

Once established, plants are hardy and can tolerate even the harshest winter whilst their extensive root system enables them to tolerate drought. Cream to blue, potato like, flowers in summer are followed by small fruits that ripen to deep orange when they are sweet and juicy. Prune in late winter each year to maintain good shape, this will encourage fruiting which occurs best on younger wood.

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