Fruit - raw or cooked
. It is supposed to have tonic properties
Plants can be used for groundcover in exposed locations
There are no material uses listed for Empetrum rubrum.
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. The seed can be very slow to germinate, stored seed requires 5 months warm then 3 months cold stratification at 5°c
. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 3cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Takes 3 weeks. Good percentage.
Cuttings of mature wood of the current year's growth, 3cm with a heel, October in a frame. Requires shade. Good percentage
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A calcifuge plant, it is easily grown in a moist lime-free peaty soil
. Tolerates exposed positions, including maritime exposure in Cornwall
This species is closely related to E. nigrum.
Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Empetrum rubrum. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Empetrum rubrum.
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Material uses & Functions
- Strong wind
- Maritime exposure
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