Lingonberry in 15cm pot £3.99 @ Lidl from Thur 24/10
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Lingonberry in 15cm pot £3.99 @ Lidl from Thur 24/10

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Found 21st Oct 2013
One for the fruit and veg growers and cooks too. The lingonberry (or cowberry) is a tart fruit something like a cranberry. You can use it to make jam, sauces, juice, in pies etc. It's popular in Scandinavia - Ikea used to serve lingonberry jam with their meatballs, don't know if they still do.

They prefer acidic soil, if you don't have this grow them in a pot with ericaceous compost. They're evergreen with small shiny leaves and form a low-growing mat so good for groundcover and underplanting. They have pretty small white/pink flowers and they crop more heavily than cranberries so more bang for your buck.

Online growers and nurseries sell these (in smaller pots) starting around £8.99 so these from Lidl are a real bargain.

NB I understand that it can be a bit hit and miss getting the plants in branch on the advertised days. I've been disappointed once when my local branch didn't get any and last week the plants came in a day early. I'm not responsible for Lidl's distribution (unfortunately!) but if you're keen on the plants, it's still worth a try.

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thats the jam in ikea!

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They're still doing it then!

Superfruit.

Jam!! from a tree......its like Garlic Bread all over again....

Ikea berries! lol I always have a jar in the fridge - to go with the bags of Ikea meatballs in the feezer and the packs of gradsaas (Ikea gravy) in the cupboard.... (Saddo - yes I know!) X)
Might have a go at growing one of these.....

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micks_missus

Ikea berries! lol I always have a jar in the fridge - to go with the bags … Ikea berries! lol I always have a jar in the fridge - to go with the bags of Ikea meatballs in the feezer and the packs of gradsaas (Ikea gravy) in the cupboard.... (Saddo - yes I know!) X)Might have a go at growing one of these.....



Not sad - yum!

i LOVE dried lingonbetrries, but they're so expensive to buy
will definitely look out for this

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One of my local branches had the Thursday plants out on the Wednesday last week so as I want 10 lingonberries I went to check (at a different local branch) this morning, just in case. They were out - there were 10 so I took them all. It was meant to be! I asked the lady at the checkout why they put them out early. She said that they come in on a Wednesday and they put them out right away so that they don't dry out in a dark storeroom overnight. I think the sentiment is nice (although 24 hours wouldn't make a difference to the health of the plants) but it royally messes up the nationally advertised Thrusday offers. So, if you really want these, get your skates on!

The plants are very nice, they're in berry at the moment although just coming to an end. Might be enough to cook up a few for porridge topping.

ETA: I usually check plants really carefully before I buy them and choose the best I can find but yesterday, as they only had 10 and I needed 10 I didn't look too carefully. I've planted them out today and 9 of them are sturdy little plants with 3 or 4 central stems. The 10th was the same but all around the edge of the pot were around 50 new shoots. It must have had the best place in the nursery or maybe an older plant but anyway, I tipped it out and carefully separated the shoots off into clumps of 3 or 4 with roots attached and potted them into ericaceous compost - 16 new plants! I've put them in a sheltered spot and (hopefully) can use them as underplanting around the fruit tree cordons I'm planning. I love free plants!
Edited by: "ceres" 24th Oct 2013
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