Growing Information for Sea Buckthorn:
Position – Plant your sea buckthorn bushes in full sun, about a metre apart from one another (more than one plant is required so that they can cross-pollinate). They will not fruit in the shade.
Size – The sea buckthorn is a large, thorny shrub that makes a great hedge. They can reach up to between 2 and 4 metres high.
Fertilising – Add good organic matter, compost or well-rotted manure to the soil before planting as this will improve the yield.
Soil Type – This plant isn’t fussy at all and can tolerate most soil types and climates.
Just Berry Plants stocks volcanic rock dust, which has organic minerals and trace elements to boost soil health and increase important micro-organisms.
Watering – Once your sea buckthorn is established, it is quite drought- and disease-tolerant. Berry plants prefer only the soil to be watered and not their leaves. If there has been no rain, ensure a good soak every 2 to 3 days once planted.
If they don’t get enough water after they’ve been planted, they may easily die.
Mulch – Opt for good organic mulch like wood chips, grass cuttings or old leaves.
Pruning – Moderate pruning will increase the yield and fruiting life of the plants. Remove overlapping branches and cut long branches to encourage the development of lateral shoots. Mature fruiting plants should be pruned to allow more light penetration.
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. The berries can improve eyesight, fight the signs of ageing and prevent infections.
The leaves and flowers can treat gastrointestinal ulcers, rashes, gout; improve blood pressure; lower cholesterol and treat arthritis. Make a tea with the leaves for an excellent source of amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants.