When cranberries are ripe, the fields are flooded, the berries loose from the bushes and swim up on the water, so that you can virtually fish. Had I not have guessed in life.
Cranberries grow on low trailing vines in something that’s called bogs. The plants are perennial meaning they survive year after year. Here the oldest vines are over 65 years old. Cranberries love this sort of sandy soil and they take a long time to grow – 16 months. You can seee here that while the berries are ripening, the buds for next year’s crop are already growing on the vine. …So if the cranberries grow on dry land well, what is all this water for? Twice a year the farmers flood the bogs. First in December for the duration of winter. This is when the plants go dormant and their blanket of water insulates the vines from harsh winter frost. In the spring the bogs are drained and the cranberry’s pink flowers bloom.