Sea buckthorn - the plant is dioecious: there are male specimens, which, of course, do not produce berries, and there are female specimens, from which we harvest. This happens at the end of the summer.
Vegetative buds (those from which leaves are formed) are small, covered with two scales, tightly pressed against the branches. The flower buds of female specimens look exactly the same, and it is difficult to distinguish them from each other. But male flower buds differ sharply from vegetative buds. They are much larger, protrude from the branches and are very similar to small pine cones, because they are covered with 7-8 scales.
Sometimes unscrupulous sellers deceive inexperienced gardeners, assuring them that they are selling a new hybrid of monoecious sea buckthorn, pointing to the supposedly flower buds of two species on the same branch. Usually it turns out that this is just a male specimen with flower and vegetative buds. There is no monoecious sea buckthorn.
Usually nobody sees the flowering of this plant. First, she has no flowers in the usual sense. In male specimens, a bunch of stamens sticks out, which "dust" in a radius of up to 50 m! If you shake this plant at the time of flowering, then it will literally be enveloped in a cloud of golden pollen. There is a lot of it and it is small, so it easily flies over a long distance. If you do not have a male specimen, but your neighbors do, then it quite successfully pollinates your sea buckthorn.
One male specimen is enough to pollinate 5-6 females. You can simply cut one small twig from the male specimen and place it in a jar of water in the crown of the female plant. It is not difficult to graft a stalk from a male specimen into the crown of a female, and pollination is ensured for several years.
Unfortunately, male plants are more likely to die than more resistant female plants. Female plants from the axils of each leaf release only a small black inconspicuous pistil (it grows up to 1 cm long in a week). All flowering lasts about 10 days, so it is important that male and female plants are of the same variety or the same ripening period, otherwise they may bloom at different times and fertilization will not occur.
Budding (beginning of the growing season) begins at a temperature of +5 degrees and lasts about five days (in the North-West from May 1 to May 5). Flowering occurs at a temperature of 10-15 degrees Celsius and lasts about 10 days (in the Northwest from May 15 to 25).
Ripening of berries mainly takes place in August. In warm weather, an increased amount of sugar and oil accumulates at this time. During cool weather, the accumulation of vitamin C takes place. The berries become ready for consumption 7-10 days after the start of their coloring, from about August 15 to September 15. You should not be late in harvesting berries, because in an overripe state they have a wet separation.
The sea buckthorn vegetation ends early, from 10 to 15 October, and often the leaves fall green. Shoots grow from early May to late July. The dormant period for this culture is very short; already at the end of November it can wake up during a thaw. Therefore, the climate of the North-West is not suitable for her, and the life span of sea buckthorn is short. Plants older than 10-15 years old do not make any sense to keep on the site. Therefore, you should prepare a replacement for an aging tree in a timely manner, the easiest way is to use root shoots for this.
Sea buckthorn bears fruit so abundantly that all branches are literally covered with berries. The very name of the plant speaks about this. Berries on short stalks sit tightly on the branches, like corn on the cob. Sea buckthorn roots can spread 8-12 meters in all directions in search of better living conditions. This should not be allowed. Therefore, the place reserved for sea buckthorn is either fenced off with slate dug into the soil to a depth of 20-25 cm, or simply every year in the fall the plant is dug in, chopping off the roots that go beyond the space allotted to it. Then they should be pulled out and removed.
Sea buckthorn roots are located in the surface layer of the soil, at a depth of only 12-15 cm, therefore, no digging or loosening under the sea buckthorn plantings is carried out. Weeds growing under the plants should not be weeded, but only mowed.
The soil under the sea buckthorn needs to be mulched, or even better - to cover it. For this, the bent bent and Potentilla goose are suitable, in which the root system is located at a depth of only 2 cm and does not compete with the sea buckthorn roots. The root shoots of plants should not be dug out, but must also be mowed. In general, as few wounds as possible should be inflicted not only on the roots, but also on the trunks. You can only remove drying branches, especially the lower ones, by cutting them into a ring.
All pruning is done before the beginning of the growing season (before the start of sap flow). This plant is winter-hardy, tolerates frosts up to 40 degrees, but in male plants pollen can die already at -35 ° C. Sea buckthorn loves light sandy and sandy loam, moisture and air permeable soils with a neutral or slightly acidic reaction (pH 5-6).
This is one of the most demanding horticultural crops in terms of illumination. With insufficient lighting, the sea buckthorn weakens, the yield falls. The plant gradually dies.
Sea buckthorn does not tolerate drought well in June-July and may even shed its leaves, therefore, in dry weather, it requires abundant watering. Sea buckthorn does not like dense soils, especially clay soils. It does not grow on peat bogs, as it does not tolerate the close standing of groundwater. It dies quickly on acidic soils.
Does not like sea buckthorn and winter thaws, because it easily wakes up when the temperature rises. And absolutely cannot stand the shadow. To soil fertility, as mentioned above, it is not demanding, since nodule bacteria live on its roots, like in legumes. They saturate the soil with nitrogen from the air, so sea buckthorn does not need nitrogen fertilization. She needs little potassium, but she has a great need for phosphorus, since it is necessary not only for the sea buckthorn itself, but also for nodule bacteria.
Read the second part of the article: Planting and reproduction of sea buckthorn. Sea buckthorn varieties and its beneficial properties
G. Kizima, gardener
What is the use
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How does it work
How is it made
Only manual labor! Carefully collected and sorted pine nuts are pressed on wooden presses, and natural sea buckthorn extract is added to the resulting oil. The whole process is carried out in a real Cedar House in the Siberian taiga.
How to apply
Method 1. Take 1-2 teaspoons orally (dissolving) 2-3 times a day 30 minutes before meals. Shake well before use (oil contains natural sediment). Duration of admission is 30 days. For greater efficiency, you need to go through 2-3 courses.
Method 2 (for the purpose of tissue regeneration). Moisten a cotton swab with oil, treat the previously cleaned area around the wound.
There are good reviews from our customers when using sea buckthorn oil in the treatment of the stomach and duodenum with erosion and pre-ulcer condition, as well as burns of the esophagus. In these cases, the oil is SWALLOWED 2-3 teaspoons 2-3 times a day 30 minutes before meals.
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The sea buckthorn plant (Hippophae) is a member of the loch family. It prefers to grow on river and lake shores on pebbles or sand. This plant can be found in the mountains at an altitude of 2100 m above sea level. Sea buckthorn was used in alternative medicine in ancient Greece, it was treated with horses, as well as people. Gradually, they began to forget about its beneficial properties, but recently this plant has again become quite popular. The scientific name of this plant, translated from Greek, means “shine for horses”, because those animals that ate the foliage of the sea buckthorn had a satin tint on their skins. On the territory of Russia, such a culture began to be grown in the 19th century, but the appearance of the first varietal plants occurred only in the thirties of the 20th century.