Saplings out of the box. From left to right - Titan, Orange Delight, Frugana, Leikora, and Orange Energy
Once in the ground, the varieties of Sea Buckthorn show various stages of bud. Most were shipped with tight buds and have since began to open slightly. Frugana and Orange Energy were more fully leafed out.
Orange Delight Sapling
Orange Energy Sapling
The ground was amended with a mixture of very good leaf mold compost, Miracle Grow Garden Soil and Espoma Bio-Tone Starter. The Espoma Bio-Tone Starter contains 1,341 colony forming units (CFU’s) per gram of 7 different species of beneficial bacteria. In addition it contains Ectomycorrhizal Fungi, and Endomycorrhizal Fungi. These 2 species of fungi help break down the substances present in the soil and make them more available to the plant. The Ecto lives in the soil and the Endo lives in the root itself. Most of you have heard of inoculating the seeds of nitrogen fixing plants such as peas and beans. Sea Buckthorn is also a nitrogen fixing plant so this should set these plants off to a good start.
Seaberry Seedling Update
The news is excellent here as well. Nearly all 230 seedlings are up and growing nicely. Still being babies, my optimism is tempered by the fragility of such small plants. It will be nice when they are large enough and have been prepared to live outside.
(Good luck Jacob with your seedlings!)