Sea Buckthorn Seeds

Sea buckthorn is a thorny shrub or tree that has a high medicinal and nutritional value. Because of the berries high nutritional value it is also known as a superfood. It can grow up to 20 feet. The plant can spread by rhizomes and seeds. The spacing should be 1 m (3′ feet) between trees and 4 m between rows. The seeds are a 50/50 mixture of male and female seeds. To ensure pollination you need at least 1 male plant for every 6 female plants on your property.

Plant Description:
Sea Buckthorn
Hippophae Rhamnoides
Perennial: Hardy in Zones 3-8
When to Sow: Spring to early Fall
Ease of Germination: Easy
Uses: Culinary, tea, medicinal

How to Grow Sea Buckthorn

Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides) is a cold hardy shrub native to the northern hemisphere. It is a perennial and is hardy in zones 3-8. It prefers well-draining, light, sandy soil with a pH of 6 to 6.7, although it will grow in soils with a pH of 5.5 to 8.3. You will need to grow the plants or start the seeds in a location with full sun, as it cannot tolerate shade at any stage of growth. To increase germination success prior to sowing you can soak the seeds in water for up to 48 hours. Any seeds that are floating should be thrown away. Press the seeds into sterilized soil leaving them partial exposed. The seeds need to be exposed to light in order to germinate. Keep soil moist but not soggy until the seeds have germinated and have at least two sets of leaves. Transplant the seedlings outside in spring or summer. Seeds can be started outside in the spring to early summer and fall.

Sea Buckthorn Berry

Sea buckthorn has a lot of medicinal value and uses. The berries are highly nutritional contain high levels of antioxidants such as vitamin C and E, and flavonoids, which help to strengthen the immune system and protect you from disease, as well as strengthening your heart. It has been used for centuries as a herbal remedy to relieve coughs, to aid digestion, invigorate blood circulation and alleviate pain. The juice is often used as a sweetener for herbal teas and the berries are often made into sauces, marmalades, and jellies.

Sea Buckthorn Benefits 

Berries

  • Helps protect cells from cancer
  • Promotes a healthy cardiovascular system
  • Used to treat wounds and infection – speeds healing
  • Improves eyesight

 Sea Buckthorn Oil

  • Helps treat hearth problems
  • Asthma
  • Reduces high cholesterol
  • Helps fight cancer
  • Used to heal gastrointestinal diseases
  • Helps with night blindness and dry eyes
  • Clears up acne and blackheads
  • Used as an expectorant (loosens phlegm)
  • Used to treat wounds and infection – speeds healing

The organic oil of sea buckthorn can be purchased here: Seabuckwonders, Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil – 1×1.76 Oz. It’s a wonderful product that can be used to help to treat all sorts of skin conditions.

Related Books:
The Fruit Gardener’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruits and Nuts in the Home Garden.