Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Plant Varieties the Seaberry Orchard

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.
  • MALE SEABERRY - A pollinator for all seaberries



  1. One Green World called me last evening to confirm order and ship date in late March. I am impressed with their customer service.

  2. I'm interested in planting Seaberry on my land in Pennsylvania, but I don't know much about it, other than I love the look of the plant! Would it make good wine or preserves? What does it taste like? Thanks.

  3. I haven't focused on the uses as of yes on my blog. You will soon see a separate page, clickable from the top navigation bar that will focus on the huge variations of it's uses. From Raintree Nurserys :
    Make the juice following any of the above methods. Heat the juice to almost a simmer, add sugar (to taste), cool and enjoy. Add water to thin if too strong, or mix with another juice. Sea Buckthorn juice tastes a bit like tangerine/orange/citrus blend. Make jelly using pectin, you can follow the marmalade instructions, or test the juice for pectin content and follow the instructions on the other page for making a cook down jelly. Juice is high in vitamin C and A.

  4. Tom,

    How do you sex a Seaberry plant? Do you just have to grow it and wait a few years, or is it easy to tell after it starts growing?

  5. could you tell please what fungicide do you use to prevent berry rot and leaf yellowing? Thank you.

    1. Hello Wanda, I have not used any fungicides at all. I hope to never have the problem with fungus diseases some have reported. While the most reported disease are damping off, verticillium wilt, scab, and fusarium wilt, I have just read about these as possibilities and have not read any particular instance. Healthy plants and the cutting out of dead or unhealthy branches (with the removal and destruction of prunings) seems to the best practice. I would be interested if you have had any experience with this yourself or are currently battling a problem.
      Thanks = Tom

    2. One other thought- there is more and more research about the anti-fungal properties of sea buckthorn leaf extract. I wonder if some product or home formulation from the leaves might work....just thinking

    3. Thank you for the information. A combination of copper fungicide and Immunox multipurpose fungicide somewhat works for me, but berry rot is still a problem

  6. Thank you so much for the nice information. Berry benefits are numerous and worthy of your consideration especially if your overall health is very important to you. This fruit has become very popular in recent years.
    Goji berry juice

  7. I have a coltivation of sea buckthorn hergo with polmix..i got a lot of fruits on my female hergo plants but i got some small fruits on my polmix male ones?How is this possible?

    1. Hello Nick,
      I don't know the answer to your question. To the best of my knowledge, the plants are either male or female. None exist naturally with both male and female flowers on the same plant. There are some experiments ongoing to graft branches of both sexes onto one plant but the results aren't in as of yet. The only other possibility I can think of is a nearby female plant has sprouted a sucker near your male plant and they are growing somewhat together. If you could send me some photos through my profile email, I would love to take a look at them.

    2. From where can a person find and obtain the different variety seeds? The sellers links you provided are defunct.

    3. Hello, That's the problem with older blog posts, the links don't survive time. The ones I have are hippophae rhamnoides var. sinesis. I am not aware of anyone selling tibetan, turkish, or russian seeds specifically. The varieties listed here aren't available from seeds. They are only obtained by rooted cutting. As for plants this post, will send you in the right direction. The links may be outdated as to the specific pages on the seller's website but once there you can search their individual sites.