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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Seabuckthorn buds in Spring April 21, 2013

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News: There are 500 wild, un-sexed Seabuckthorn plants, 2 yrs old and 36-48 inches tall now en-route to me.  I will be offering bundles of 10 plants for sale at a cost of $80 dollars plus $10 dollars shipping to interested people.  The new seed crop should be available next week as well.  You can contact me through the blog if you are interested in purchasing plants.  There will only be a few bundles available for sale as I am planning to plant the majority in Maine.  More details to follow soon.
I have also been contacted by a company who wishes to advertise on this blog.  I have mixed feelings since the blog is about growing and the company who wants to advertise has Seabuckthorn products geared to health.  I am doing some investigation of the company to make sure of its reputation.  First things first! :-)

Winter snows have melted away here in Mansfield Massachusetts.  At the farm in Maine, winter's grip is holding on.  The snow has a few more weeks of life, especially in the shaded, thick woods. Rhubarb, crocus, and daffodils have no such fear of a slowly retreating winter and are growing steadily even with the sub-freezing nights.
Male Seabuckthorn flowers have appeared on the purchased male plant (not grown from seed).  The time frame from visible buds to the opening of those male Seabuckthorn flowers was approximately 10 days.  The female flowers have not become clearly apparent as of yet.  I am hoping they are old enough to flower this year.  At the end of the photos here there are a couple of pictures of what they look like today.
Early Male Seabuckthorn FlowerBuds

Early Male Seabuckthorn Buds
More Pre-Blossoming Male Flower buds

Early Male Seabuckthorn  Flower Buds




Male Seabuckthorn Buds, Blossoming


Open Seabuckthorn Male Buds

Male Seabuckthorn Buds, Blossoming

Male Seabuckthorn Buds, Blossoming

Male Seabuckthorn Buds, Blossoming

Male Seabuckthorn Buds, Blossoming

Male Seabuckthorn Buds, Blossoming

Male Seabuckthorn Buds, Blossoming

The Female Seabuckthorn Flowers?
There are two scales just below the new growth where the flowers may emerge, I wait - not so patiently, to see
Pre-emergent flower scales on female Seabuckthorn Plants

Pre-emergent flower scales on female Seabuckthorn Plants

Branch Buds on 5 foot, 3 year old seedling.   Are female flower scales present?  I don't know......


2 comments:

  1. Great pics! I wanted to let you know that I've had great germination from the seabuckthorn seeds you sold me this fall. Thanks.
    Ann in Maine

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  2. Thanks Ann! Glad to hear you are having good luck with the seeds. The 500 plants just arrived a few minutes ago and a new shipment of seeds are on the way. Spring is great :-)!

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