- The lemon of the North ? northern source of vitamins
- Fresh seeds from recent harvest
- 40 seeds per packet
- With detailed instructions for successful potting
- Originally, the Sea Buckthorn comes from Nepal, and is considered one of the rare plants that can grow on dunes - but it
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SAFLAX - Sea Buckthorn - Hippophae rhamnoides - 40 seeds
The lemon of the North - northern source of vitamins
The fully vitamin-packed Sea Buckthorn is considered the lemon of the North and contains even ten times more vitamin C. With its spiked, red-brown branches, the slender silvery leaves and the bright orange-coloured fruits, the Hippophae rhamnoides is also a very attractive summer-green ornamental plant in every garden. It is rather slow-growing and can become a couple of meters tall, but is easily be pruned back to a reasonable height. With its far-reaching roots it can even be cultivated in dry and sandy soils, where almost nothing else is growing. After blossoming in April, the Sea Buckthorn produces orange-coloured, juicy fruits between August and December that grow in bunches directly on the branches. The fruits usually stay on the shrub through the winter and provide a valuable food source for birds. Cultivated as a hedge, it grows narrow branches that the birds use for nest-building and covering. The sour berries are usually not eaten fresh, but can be carefully pressed and further processed. Since many vitamins are fat-soluble, the Sea Buckthorn provides also the fat, and enables the body to process the nutrients directly.
Natural Location: Originally, the Sea Buckthorn comes from Nepal, and is considered one of the rare plants that can grow on dunes - but it is also found on brooksides in mountain areas and of course in many gardens.
Cultivation: Seed propagation indoors is possible throughout the year. To increase the germinability, you should initially keep the seeds in the refrigerator for about six weeks - then, place them overnight in a bowl with lukewarm water for priming. After that, spread the seeds onto moist potting compost, put just a little compost earth on top and cover the seed container with clear film to prevent the earth from drying out. Don't forget to make some holes in the clear film and take it every second or third day completely off for about 2 hours. That way you avoid mold formation on your potting compost. Place the seed container somewhere bright and warm with a temperature between 20° C and 25° Celsius and keep the earth moist, but not wet. After two to three weeks, the first seedlings will come up.
Place: The Sea Buckthorn prefers sunny places that can even be windy.
Care: The plant doesn't require any special soil for cultivation. As a garden plant however, you should consider the far-reaching root formation of the Sea Buckthorn that can affect nearby plants. Therefore, it might be a good idea to place a rhizome barrier in the earth.
During Winter: Younger plants should hibernate indoors for the first year, preferably in a bright place with a temperature around 10° Celsius. After planting out in next spring, a frost-protection won't be necessary.
Bonsai ability: No
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