How to plant and care for Sea Buckthorn

Sea Buckthorn is not well known in South Africa, but due to its many medicinal properties and nutrients, especially the very scarce Omega 7, there is a large growing demand.

Position – Full sun, they will not fruit in the shade. They can be spaced about 1m apart as they need to cross pollinate, more than one plant is required

Size – Sea Buckthorn is a large, thorny shrub that makes a great hedge. They can reach up to about 2-4 metres high.

Fertilising – Add good organic matter or compost/well-rotted manure to the soil before planting as this will improve the yield.

Soil Type – Not at all fussy, Sea Buckthorn can tolerate most soil types and climates

We stock Volcanic Rock Dust which contains organic minerals and trace elements to boost soil health and increases important micro-organisms essential for healthy soil.

Watering – Once established it is quite drought and disease tolerant. Berry plants prefer only the soil to be watered and not the leaves. If no rain, ensure a good soak every 2-3 days once planted.

Not enough water after they are planted, is the major cause of death for newly planted berries.

Mulch – Good organic mulch.

Pruning – Moderate pruning will increase the yield and fruiting life of the plants. Remove overlapping branches and long branches should be cut to encourage development of lateral shoots. Mature fruiting plants should be pruned to allow more light penetration. Facts – The Sea Buckthorn berries are exceptionally high in vitamin C, E and B groups, carotenoids, biotin and folic acids. They also contain a unique combination of calcium, iron, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese. and all four omega fatty acids – omega-3,6,7 and 9