These plants have not been easy or inexpensive to obtain. One of the nurseries has limited my order due to demand. As a result, I have added One Green World as a provider nursery.
I have also purchased 400 seeds from OMC Seeds. These should produce a 50/50 mix of male and female seedlings. The advised ratio of male to female plants is 1 male to 7 females. Since it is impossible to tell the difference between the plant until there is a fruit set, it may be 3-5 years before any determination can be made about the plants germinated from seed. The Maine location of this experiment should be a good place to have these plant grow until then.
Full Sized Plants
This is the list of varieties which will be tested.
ORANGE DELIGHT SEABERRY- One of the favorite varieties of the Russian Research Station at Barnaul, Orange Delight bears abundant crops of flavorful, reddish-orange fruit. The fruit contains more than two times the vitamin C of most other varieties and also contains high amounts of vitamins E and A. Orange Delight ripens in early to mid August.
ASKOLA SEABERRY - This is a new German variety. Selected for its exceptionally high content of Vitamin C and E, Askola fruit makes delicious and very nutritious juice. The abundant, deep orange berries ripen in late August. A vigorous and attractive shrub, Askola can grow 10-12 ft. in height if not pruned.
FRUGANA SEABERRY - A vigorous and productive, upright growing, medium to large shrub, Frugana bears abundant crops of large, flavorful, bright orange-red berries. Frugana ripens earlier than the other German varieties and can be harvested in mid to late August.
GOLDEN SWEET SEABERRY - This is an attractive, medium size shrub having an upright growth habit and is particularly noteworthy for its large and very sweet fruit. This variety is likely originally from Central Asia. It takes a little longer to come into bearing than most but the tasty berries are worth the wait.
LEIKORA SEABERRY - Valued for both its fruit and its ornamental value, Leikora bears abundant crops of large, juicy, intensely flavored, bright orange berries. Leikora fruit ripens in early to mid-September and remains in good condition on the plant even after heavy frost. Leikora's fruit-laden branches make a nice addition to floral displays.
TITAN SEABERRY - Should be one of the favorites, Titan bears abundant crops of very large, bright orange berries. Very flavorful and aromatic, they make delicious juice and preserves. A nice ornamental plant as well, Titan has attractive, long, dark green foliage which accents the abundant, bright orange berries.
SUNNY (SOLNECHNAYA) SEABERRY - Developed in Siberia. High yields of sweet, orange berries of superior quality. Easy to harvest.