Ben Lear Cranberry

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Cranberry Ben Lear, Vaccinium 'Ben Lear', is a burgundy-red color, and its early fruiting period and large size is prized for processing into sauces. 'Ben Lear' is very productive. As crop plants go, cranberry is relatively undomesticated. Many popular varieties - including Ben Lear, is favored in Wisconsin because its fruit also turns a deep red earlier in the season.

Grow Ben Lear in the fruit or vegetable garden for the food crop. Ornamentally, may be grown as a small scale ground cover for sunny areas or in the shrub or mixed border in front of other acid-loving plants such as azaleas and rhododendrons.

Ben Lear ripens early season. Harvest berries by hand when red, from late September to late October. Berries cannot stand a frost below 30°F, so it is best to pick them before a hard frost or protect them with covers.

Cranberries are one of the healthiest sources for getting your vitamin C and protecting your body against urinary track infections. More studies are showing other beneficial effects because of their high antioxidant.


Ben Lear Cranberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
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Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Vaccinium 'Ben Lear'
Foliage Green
Mature Height 8 to 10 inches
Mature Spread 2 to 3 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun