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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Sea Buckthorn Plants are Blooming! -- And a Letter to Adam

To say we have been busy would be an understatement.  Both of us have been dedicating ourselves to the success of the farm, Foxgreen Farm and jiovi products.  There have been lots of things to do and so much more to come.  We wanted to share the blooming of the Sea Buckthorn flowers with you all.  The captions describe the photos.  Click to enlarge photos. Enjoy!

Male Blossoms - just starting to open

The yellow pistol is visible on the female Seabuckthorn plant

The fingers show well the tiny size of the Sea Buckthorn flowers

An extreme close-up of a female Seabuckthorn Flower

Female Seabuckthorn close-up 2

Beautiful Sea Buckthorn female flower

Male Seabuckthorn buds just starting to open

The "pillow" male Seabuckthorn Flowers

Hi Adam,
The confirmation email should have some basic info (about the planting of your jiovi seabuckthorn plantss.  I have attached it here as well.  Like with most any other plant an addition of compost or and or peat to retain moisture is advised.  The plants are bare root which means it will take them a couple of months to establish a basic root system with root hairs enough to take advantage of available natural water.  So it is important they are watered if needed during that time and the season, depending on weather conditions.  They are drought tolerant when established although they will produce more berries if the water is consistent.  Nothing unusual there.  An organic fertilizer is good at first, one with micro-nutrients.  If you don't have that available a half strength mixture of miracle  grow is ok.  Once the plants are established fertilization should be only low nitrogen compost or the equivalent.  The roots produce their own nitrogen in cooperation with bacteria (frankia) in the soil and commercial, petroleum based fertilizers inhibit that process.   The distance apart should be at least 4 feet and you can go larger depending on your plan.  For instance, you might want to inter-plant with other things like elderberry, peashrub, even rhubarb and such.  That's all your call and your vision.  Hope that helps.  

-Tom

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