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Ground covers with edible fruits

Buy edible ground cover plants at Lubera

Edible ground cover plants - more precisely: ground covers that bear edible fruits - are true artists! To the delight of every gardener, they combine many valuable functions in the home garden: the annoying weeding can be avoided, the soil is given a long-lasting decoration due to the beautiful foliage, delicate spring flowers and bright berries and, last but not least: as a pleasant side effect, the fruits of many ground covers taste really good!

   
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Alpine Strawberry 'Alexandria'

Fragaria vesca var. semperflorens 'Alexandria'

From £3.60 *

Bilberry Sylvana

Very sweet, dark blue blueberry

From £12.40 *

No image available Common bearberry

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

£6.90 *

Cranberry Red Balloon

Cranberry - a healthy trend plant

From £7.40 *

Lingonberry Red Pearl

An upright-growing lingonberry

£8.90 *

Lowberry® Blueberry Little Blue Wonder

The robust and compact heather blueberry

From £9.40 *

Lowberry® Raspberry Little Sweet Sister®

The fastest of all Raspberries

From £9.90 *

Oca Tubered

Oxalis tuberosa with bright red tubers

From £5.40 *

Oca Tuberello

Oxalis tuberosa with yellow, luminous flesh

From £5.40 *

Oca Tuberosa

Oxalis tuberosa with the largest tubers

From £5.40 *

Strawberry Parfum Freejumper®

The aromatic hanging basket/ground cover strawberry

From £4.00 *

Strawberry Parfum June-bearing Strawberry Meadow® 6-Pack

Hearty, good strawberries with groundcover qualities

From £10.40 *

   
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More information about edible ground cover plants

 

If you buy edible ground cover plants, they will find their place under trees, bushes, in flower beds and on slopes - you can also use them to conceal unattractive gaps. Convince yourself with our Lubera assortment - we have put together some interesting, fruit-bearing plants for greening areas, which thrive perfectly in the sun or in partial shade!

Edible ground cover plants are multi-talented

Take a look at our wide range of plants for easy to care for garden areas - below are a few ground cover plants with particularly attractive fruits:

  • The bilberry ‘Sylvana’ is a real snacking hit with completely blue fruits, just like you find them in nature. Its aroma will inspire you!
  • A trendy plant from North America is the large-fruited cranberry. These plants are very robust and - in contrast to the native cranberries - can stand their ground even in wet soil.
  • The strawberry ‘Freejumper’ constantly produces flowers and aromatic fruits as well as many runners, which ensure rapid growth. This is how the beautiful strawberry meadow is quickly conjured up.
  • And for those who like to experiment: the bulbous wood sorrel, also known as oca, is an excellent edible ground cover in the broader sense of the word, with versatile stem tubers and beautiful, yellow flowers.

Ground covers that like it sour

 

You should note that many berry bushes are bog plants. These include blueberries and cranberries. For healthy development, these plants require acidic soil with a pH value between 4.0 and 5.0. For extensive plantings, it is sufficient to incorporate a thick layer of well-dampened peat, bog soil or similar acidic soil substrates into the upper soil layer (about 15 to 20 centimetres deep). If your garden soil is rather loamy, you should replace the topsoil with a mixture of sand and leaf or bark compost. You can also add bark mulch to the peat.

 

Tip: some of these berry bushes, e.g. cranberries, are very suitable for planting rhododendrons underneath, as rhododendrons place similar demands on the soil. The combination of cranberries and blueberries etc. also provides something for the palate and is nice to look at. You can also use the blueberry 'Little Blue Wonder' to plant below larger cultivated blueberries, for example.

If you want to buy evergreen, edible ground cover plants, we recommend the cranberry.

 

Ground-covering strawberries

 

If you want to buy an edible ground cover plant and you love strawberries, you should choose a variety that guarantees a good strawberry harvest and covers the ground as quickly as possible.

The 'Alexandria' strawberry, as an everbearing strawberry, does not form runners but forms larger bushes. Here you can plant about 9 plants per square metre. With the varieties 'Freejumper' and 'Freeclimber' you can expect complete soil coverage in the first year (when planted in the spring), as they form runners - and consistently delicious fruit.

Ground-cover strawberries can also be planted in semi-shade, but the fruit yield will then not be quite as abundant or the fruits will not be quite as sweet.

 

Care for ground-covering strawberries

 

Although most shrubs are very undemanding, you should mix horn shavings under the nutrient-poor humus so that the plants have enough nitrogen to establish themselves well. During the growth phase, you should water the shrubs vigorously. All berry bushes listed here thrive well as ground cover in sunny as well as slightly shaded areas.

 

Water your acid-loving berry bushes only with rainwater or water with little lime. Otherwise too much lime may be deposited in the root area, which over time can lead to growth disorders.

 

Pruning

 

A cut must be made to suit the plant in question. Cranberries, for example, spread a lot over time, so they should be thinned out a little from time to time if the overgrown area becomes too large. Proper pruning is due every few years.

In the first two years, you should return tendrils of ground cover strawberries, which look out of the planting, to the strawberry meadow - this will make the plant cover thicker. From the 3rd year onwards, however, you can alternatively cut these tendrils. In the spring, you can mulch your strawberry meadow, remove withered leaves and fertilise as needed.

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